"Will not bring the end of the war closer": Hungarian Foreign Ministry calls Putin's arrest warrant "symbolic"
The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the arrest warrant for Russian terrorist President Vladimir Putin "symbolic". They also said that such steps do not seem to bring the end of the war in Ukraine any closer.
This statement was made by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Levente Moder. This was reported by Hromadske.
"We are convinced that symbolic actions will not bring the end of this war closer. I think that this particular case (the issuance of an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin - ed.) is rather symbolic, because obviously, the Russian president will not go to any country where he can be arrested," Moder said.
He added that Hungary now wants to provide "tangible assistance" to Ukraine, in particular, to improve the lives of Ukrainian children attending schools in the country.
At the same time, the official stressed that all people responsible for war crimes must be treated according to the law.
"This position of Hungary applies to all cases, regardless of nationality, country or any affiliation," explained the Hungarian Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
He added that, in the end, justice must prevail.
"Perhaps in the longer term than in the short term. Let's say we generally support justice, no matter how difficult it is to achieve. But this is what we think and this is what we have been saying since the beginning of this conflict," Moder concluded.
Earlier it was reported that Hungary will not arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin if he comes to the country. The authorities in Budapest believe that the issuance of an arrest warrant for Putin would allegedly lead to "further escalation".
On March 17, the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Putin and Russian Children's Commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova. They are suspected of committing an international crime - the deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia. The Kremlin leader could be arrested and sent to The Hague if he travels to any of the 122 countries that have ratified the Rome Statute.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy called Putin a murderer and stressed that he intends to bring him to justice. The head of state stressed that Russian troops "killed, raped, took away and destroyed" Ukrainian citizens.
International Criminal Court Prosecutor Kareem Khan said that the arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin would be valid for the rest of the dictator's life. According to him, the court initially considered keeping the arrest warrant secret, but decided to make it public to try to stop the commission of new crimes.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov spoke about the dictator's personal attitude to the International Criminal Court's decision to issue an arrest warrant for him. The defendant in the case of the abduction of Ukrainian children "takes it calmly" and "does not take it to heart".
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