Russia’s Putin pulls back on ratifying International Criminal Court treaty
Moscow — President Vladimir Putin has signed an executive order withdrawing Russia’s signature from the International Criminal Court’s founding treaty, whose judgments Moscow calls one-sided. The order, which took immediate effect on Wednesday, said Russia would not ratify the ICC’s founding treaty, which it signed in 2000. Having not ratified the treaty in the first place, Moscow was not subject to ICC jurisdiction anyway, so this decision is symbolic. Russia’s foreign ministry said the court unfairly accused Russian forces involved in a brief 2008 war with Georgia. A report issued on Monday by the ICC prosecutor’s office angered Moscow by calling Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea armed conflict.