Federal government: Baerbock: Possible arrest of Putin – international law is clear

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Baerbock: Possible arrest of Putin – international law is clear

Annalena Baerbock (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Federal Foreign Minister, leaves a press conference after the meeting of the Baltic Sea Council.

Annalena Baerbock (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Federal Foreign Minister, leaves a press conference after the meeting of the Baltic Sea Council. photo

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Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock insists on international law in view of a possible arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin on a trip to a political summit in South Africa. “International law is clear at this point. International law makes it clear: war criminals, those responsible for waging aggressive wars, will eventually be held accountable,” said the Green politician on Friday after a meeting of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in Wismar in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock insists on international law in view of a possible arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin on a trip to a political summit in South Africa. “International law is clear at this point. International law makes it clear: war criminals, those responsible for waging aggressive wars, will eventually be held accountable,” said the Green politician on Friday after a meeting of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in Wismar in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Baerbock was asked by a journalist if she expected South Africa to arrest Putin if he traveled to a Brics summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, in August. South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said on Thursday that all five heads of state of the BRICS members Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa had received an invitation to a planned summit from August 22-24 in Johannesburg.

The meeting is particularly explosive because the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Putin in March. South Africa, which has signed the ICC statutes, would be obliged to arrest the Russian President upon entry. So far, South Africa has not made a clear statement about the procedure should Putin actually arrive.

Against the background of the discussion about a possible arrest of Putin, Baerbock said that the Brics meeting made it clear that a brutal war of aggression and a breach of the international order would have consequences for every aggressor and war criminal. “Then it would no longer be so easy to take part in international conferences,” emphasized the Federal Foreign Minister. South Africa has already made it clear that it is an ICC member. “That makes it even clearer that this Russian war of aggression is not purely a European matter, but that it affects the whole world.”

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