The Parliament of Armenia on Tuesday ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, with the latter issuing arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this year for abduction of Ukrainian children during the ongoing war.
If Putin arrives in any of the countries that signed the Rome Statute, he should be arrested.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned Yerevan of “extremely negative consequences” for bilateral relations if Armenia joined the Statute.
Yerevan has no intention and desire to arrest Putin on the warrant of the ICC in case of his visit to Armenia, Akof Arshakian, the vice-speaker of the Parliament of Armenia said in April, when the Constitutional Court, by the decision announced on March 24, gave the green light to the ratification of the Statute by the Parliament.
Armenia claims that the decision serves to prevent Azerbaijan from encroaching on Armenia's sovereign territory.