Prime Austrian official threatens to arrest Vladimir Putin over alleged Russian warfare crimes in Ukraine

Austria will arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin if he visits the nation, in response to the arrest warrant from the Worldwide Legal Courtroom (ICC), Karolina Edtstadler, Austria’s minister for European Union and constitutional affairs, stated this week.

“Austria will meet its obligations underneath worldwide legislation and legal legislation,” Edtstadler stated in an interview each day mirror. “Ought to he set foot on Austrian soil, an arrest have to be made.”

Austria is a celebration to the Rome Statute, the treaty establishing the ICC. The ICC final month issued the arrest warrant for alleged warfare crimes in Ukraine as Putin was accused of illegally kidnapping Ukrainian youngsters. The courtroom doesn’t have the ability to implement his arrest warrants, so any subsequent steps will solely come from different nations keen to arrest Putin.

The transfer comes as Austria comes underneath mounting stress to reassess its navy neutrality in the course of the Russian warfare in Ukraine. Austria has condemned the invasion and supported sanctions in opposition to Russia, however prevented navy involvement.

Austria is amongst a rising checklist of nations which have stated they’ll abide by the arrest warrant. There are indicators that even these with previous allies with Russia, like Armenia, which is a member of the Russian-led protection group Collective Safety Treaty Group (CSTO), are on monitor to implement the arrest warrant. Gagik Melkonyan, a deputy from the ruling Civil Contract Celebration in Armenia’s parliament, hinted late final month that Putin can be arrested if he got here to Armenia.

Regardless of its militarily impartial stance, the transfer for Austria might not come as an entire shock. The Austrian Ministry of Justice reiterated its remark of the ICC selections on the finish of final month.

“Arrest warrants issued by the courtroom have to be executed, individuals needed by the courtroom have to be arrested.”

The rising rally round Putin’s arrest comes as Kremlin ranks seem more and more uneasy at worldwide efforts to keep away from Russia. Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed his dislike of encouraging Russian allies to worsen relations with Moscow.

“If… Western nations will attempt to interact in threats and blackmail, will drive our allies to undermine relations with Russia to the detriment of their very own nationwide pursuits, then after all we won’t cover our perspective to such makes an attempt,” Lavrov stated.