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    Blaszczak expresses approval of arrest warrant for Putin

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    Mariusz Blaszczak, Poland’s defence minister, expressed appreciation on Saturday for the International Criminal Court (ICC) having issued an arrest warrant for Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday declared warrants for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the country’s children’s ombudsman Marya Lvova-Byelova on charges of war crimes regarding the unlawful deportation of minors from Russian-governed regions of Ukraine.

    “It’s a good thing… that such a warrant has been issued,”

    Blaszczak told the TVP Info news channel, but warned that Russia had supporters around the world.

    “We should be aware that there are forces in the world which do not wish the reconstruction of the Russian empire to be stopped,”

    he said.

    When inquired about whether the warrant for Putin could influence some countries to end their attempts to bargain with Russia, Blaszczak responded that it was “an interesting query,” and continued by saying “this is all about a competition of interests.”

    On March 3, 2022, the International Criminal Court (ICC) began investigations into alleged war crimes in Ukraine, following a submission from a coalition of countries, which included Poland.


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