Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Warns Arrest of Putin Could Lead to War Over ICC War Crimes Warrant
The International Criminal Court (ICC) recently issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of war crimes in connection with the deportation of Ukrainian children during the conflict in Ukraine. However, former Russian President and staunch Putin ally Dmitry Medvedev warned that any attempt to arrest Putin would be considered a declaration of war against Russia.
Speaking to journalists, including state news agency TASS, Medvedev also stated that he saw no prospect for reviving Russia’s ties with the West in the near future, and reiterated his belief that Ukraine was part of “Greater Russia”. As the deputy chairman of Russia’s security council, Medvedev also commented on the growing threat of nuclear conflict, claiming that Russia’s nuclear parity with the US and their allies, and even Russia’s superiority, guarantees its integrity despite efforts from the West to break the country up.
The Russian side has strongly rejected the ICC warrant and questioned its legality. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces continue to face pressure from Russian forces, especially in the city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine.”