The ICC announced a warrant for the arrest of Putin on charges relating to the forced deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia.
Ireland will arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin on charges of war crimes in the unlikely event he sets foot in Ireland, the Department of Justice has confirmed.
It comes as Minister for Justice Simon Harris announced €1 million in funding for International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors to assist their investigation into alleged war crimes in Ukraine.
Ireland may also provide garda, forensic science experts and other justice professionals to assist the investigation.
Last week the ICC announced warrants for the arrest of Putin and his commissioner for children’s rights, Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, on charges relating to the forced deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia.
Forced deportation of children was designated as a war crime by the Rome Statute which established the ICC in 1998.
It also opens the possibility – albeit remote – that a future Russian leader may extradite Putin to The Hague. »