Russia accuses US of ‘schizophrenia’ as Biden backs international court

Russia has accused the United States of ‘slow schizophrenia’ as President Joe Biden voiced support for the International Criminal Court issuing an arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin, despite states States do not recognize the court.

The Netherlands-based International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued arrest warrants against President Putin and Russian Commissioner for Children’s Rights Maria Lvova-Belova for the deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia – although executing the warrants may be difficult given that Russia is not subject to the ICC.

US President Joe Biden appeared to support the ICC in comments to reporters, saying his warrant against Putin “makes a very strong point” and that the Russian leader has “clearly committed war crimes” – before having to admit that the United States, like Russia, does not recognize the authority of the court.

The Russian Embassy in the United States has now responded to DC’s comment on the warrants, calling the US stance “reminiscent of slow schizophrenia.”

“We have taken note of the statements of the representatives of the American administration on the alleged justification of the decision of the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants against the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the Commissioner for Human Rights child Maria Lvova-Belova,” began the bizarrely worded Russian statement, which was posted on Telegram.

“For the sake of its own geopolitical interests, Washington supports the unprecedented legal bacchanalia unleashed by the ICC, knowing full well that Russia, like the United States, does not recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC,” the statement continued.

“Allowing unacceptable remarks about the Russian leader, US officials deliberately remain silent about their own atrocities in Iraq, Yugoslavia, Libya and Vietnam,” he continued, further alleging that the US had taken “heinous measures” to deter attempts to prosecute their own citizens internationally, such as “the unprecedented economic sanctions that have been imposed on the leaders of the [International Criminal] Court, including former prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, who opened an investigation into US atrocities in Afghanistan.

This appears to refer to sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Bensouda, of Gabmia, and another ICC official, Phakiso Mochochoko of Lesotho, for “efforts to investigate US personnel”, which also saw visa restrictions imposed on some people involved in the investigation.

Those sanctions, however, have since been lifted by the Biden administration.

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