(Republicaninformer.com)- Serbia’s president warned that issuing an international warrant of arrest on Russian President Vladimir Putin would only serve to prolong the conflict in Ukraine.
Reports show that an arrest order for the Russian leader was issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his alleged involvement in war crimes. During Russia’s military invasion of its neighbor, which began over 13 months ago, the ICC accused him of kidnapping children from Ukraine.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, meanwhile, has questioned the court’s judgment.
Vucic told reporters in Belgrade that he believes issuing an arrest order would have severe political ramifications, and it implies there is a big unwillingness to speak about peace and a ceasefire in Ukraine.
Vucic remarked that now that you’ve charged him of the gravest war crimes imaginable, who else are you planning on talking to now? Without a doubt, the intention of those responsible is to hinder Putin’s ability to communicate, with the aim that anybody who has contact with him will know about the allegations of war crimes against him.
Reports reveal Serbia is the only European country that has refused to participate in international sanctions on Russia, despite its membership ambitions in the European Union and its close links to the Russian Federation.
Vucic was a high-ranking official in a nationalist party. Its leader, Vojislav Seselj, and many other members faced international court trials for atrocities committed during the conflicts of the 1990s. Vucic is a staunch critic of international war crimes tribunals.
During the conflict in Kosovo in the late 1990s, when Serb soldiers were accused of committing several war crimes against Kosovo Albanian rebels, Vucic served as the media minister in the administration of Serbia’s President Slobodan Milosevic.
According to a report, the United States, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, India, Iraq, Iran, China, and Turkey, are not members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and do not accept its authority.