US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on all the countries of the world that have signed the Rome Statute and participate in the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, to be guided by the warrant for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which the court issued last week.

At the hearings in the Senate



answering the question whether EU countries should detain Putin when he arrives there, said that everyone who is a member of the ISS must fulfill their obligations.

When asked whether


will be arrested in the United States when he arrives there, Blinken replied that it is unlikely that the Russian president will reach the United States in the foreseeable future.

Blinken clarified that the USA is not a member of the International Criminal Court.

When asked whether the warrant for Putin's arrest was justified, the state secretary replied that "there must be accountability" for the war crimes that the US believes were committed in Ukraine.

The warrant for the arrest of Putin and the Russian commissioner for children's rights,

Maria Lvova-Belova,

was issued in connection with the suspicion of their involvement in the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia.

The Russian authorities deny the deportation and also state that they do not recognize the jurisdiction of the Hague Court.

A criminal case was opened against the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and several judges in Russia.

Earlier, the Minister of Justice of Germany confirmed that Putin will be detained and transferred to The Hague if he finds himself on the territory of Germany.

A representative of the authorities of the North African Republic, where the BRICS summit will be held in the summer, said that the country has taken into account the ICC warrant and is aware of its obligations - but did not directly confirm that Putin will be detained if he arrives.

123 countries are members of the International Criminal Court;

a number of large countries — such as China, India, and Turkey, as well as the United States — participate in its work.

According to Voice of America, Blinken also commented on China's policy in connection with the war in Ukraine.

Chinese leader

Xi Jinping

recently visited Russia, which many commentators saw as a sign of support for Vladimir Putin.

According to the Secretary of State, China is "very carefully" watching how Washington and the world community react to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"They will draw conclusions from how the world will unite (or not unite) to resist this aggression," said Blinken.

He noted that China's political and material support of Russia contradicts Washington's interests, but added that the State Department has not yet seen evidence that Beijing is helping Moscow in the war against Ukraine, in particular, by supplying weapons.