17 November 2016, Brussels – Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on Russia and the International Criminal Court
We regret the Russian Federation’s decision to withdraw its signature and not to become a party to the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to the order signed yesterday by President Putin.
The Russian Federation signed the Rome Statute on 13 September 2000 and the European Union has consistently urged Russia to ratify it, considering Russia’s special responsibility for upholding accountability for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole in its capacity as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
The European Union remains a staunch supporter of the ICC and is committed to full co-operation on the prevention of serious crimes falling under the jurisdiction of the Court, which is a key institution to assist citizens achieve justice when confronted with the most serious crimes, where this is not possible at the national level.
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