The German President stated the need to bring the Russian President and the Russian Foreign Minister to justice for war crimes in Ukraine.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it was necessary to bring to justice for war crimes in Ukraine all those involved in them, including the political leadership of Russia.
As Steinmeier said in an interview with Der Spiegel, President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov must answer before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He stressed that all servicemen who committed crimes in Ukraine, those who gave them orders, as well as those who bear political responsibility for this, including Lavrov and Putin, should be punished. Steinmeier mentioned the mass killings in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha, saying that the footage from there is “terrible and unbearable.”
The International Criminal Court in The Hague is already investigating war crimes committed, according to Ukraine, by the Russian military. Russia, however, is not cooperating with the court. Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with Sky News yesterday that he ruled out the option in which Putin would appear before an international tribunal.
According to Steinmeier, he could not imagine that the Russian president “in his imperial madness would risk the complete political, economic and moral ruin of his country.”
As Deutsche Welle notes, in the last few days, amid criticism of him, the President of Germany, who was previously Foreign Minister, has repeatedly made statements acknowledging his mistakes in earlier policy towards Russia. In particular, he was criticized for supporting the “Nord Stream-2” or a compromise position on the issue of Donbass.
Earlier, there were several initiatives regarding bringing Putin to court in connection with the war in Ukraine. The petition, supported by British public figures, including former prime ministers, has gained about 2 million signatures on the Internet. The Russian authorities deny that the Russian military are committing crimes in Ukraine, calling the reports about them fakes or blaming Ukraine.