The Russian Federation intends to withdraw from the Rome Statute on establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after the Court called Crimea annexation an armed conflict in the preliminary investigation. The corresponding decree was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and it was published on the official website of the Russian Federation legal information.
In particular, Putin agreed to accept the proposal of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, which, as noted, in coordination with other agencies, such as the Supreme Court, the General Prosecutor’s Office and the Investigative Committee requested to notify the UN Secretary General about Russia’s intention to withdraw from the contract.
Putin’s decree was published the next day after the ICC issued a preliminary investigation of the Prosecutor, which states that the annexation of Crimea has signs of an armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
“According to information we received, the situation in the Crimea and Sevastopol is equivalent to the international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict started before February 26 , when the Russian Federation has involved its Armed Forces to gain control over big part of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the government of Ukraine,” the document stated.
Earlier it was reported that the International Criminal Court (The Hague Tribunal, Netherlands) considers the situation in the annexed Crimea to be an equivalent of international armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia. This was stated in the annual report of the preliminary investigation by the Prosecutor of International Criminal Court, published on November 14..