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 Russia withdraws its signature from Rome Statute

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree stipulating for Russia's refusal to be a signatory to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands.

Censor.NET reports citing Interfax.

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree providing for Russia's withdrawal as a signatory to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The president also ordered the Russian Foreign Ministry to send a relevant note to secretary-general of the United Nations Organization.

The decree enters into force on the day of its signing.

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The Rome Statute was adopted at a diplomatic conference in Rome on July 17, 1998 and entered into force on July 1, 2002. Russia signed the treaty on Sept. 13, 2000.

It was reported earlier this week that prosecutor of ICC Fatou Bensouda issued a report on Nov. 14 stating that the situation in Crimea and Sevastopol equals an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, which is therefore regulated by the Rome Statute. The activities of Russia on the peninsula in March 2014 have been recognized as occupation.
 
 
 
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