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Hungary obstructs the EU’s statement on the ICC warrant for Putin’s arrest

That move by Hungary forced the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Josep Borrell to instead issue a personal statement, “that he has taken note” of the ICC’s move.

Hungarian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mate Pacholaj denied the report, telling Bloomberg: “It is a lie that Hungary vetoed the EU statement on the ICC case.”

On March 17, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom it suspects of war crimes, including the illegal deportation of children from Ukraine to Russia.

The court announced that it had issued an arrest warrant for the Russian president “in the context of the situation in Ukraine.”

In the statement, he stated that a warrant was also issued for Maria Lvova-Belova, a Russian child rights officer who was allegedly involved in the relocation of Ukrainian children to Russia.

They are suspected of having “committed the acts directly, together with others and/or through others,” the statement said.

“There are reasonable grounds to believe that each suspect bears responsibility for the war crime of illegal deportation of the population and illegal resettlement of the population from the occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation, to the detriment of Ukrainian children,” the March 17 statement said.

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, said that hundreds of Ukrainian children were taken from orphanages and homes for neglected children to Russia.

“Many of those children, we responsibly claim, have since been given up for adoption in the Russian Federation,” he said.

Khan said that the change in the Russian law made it easier to adopt children, while at the time of deportation, Ukrainian children were protected under the Geneva Convention, reports Reuters.

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