Justice Ministers Gather in London to Boost Support for the International Criminal Court Following Putin’s Arrest Warrant

Justice ministers from around the world are meeting in London on Monday to discuss growing support for the International Criminal Court after it issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin last week.

The International Criminal Court has charged Putin with the war crime of deporting hundreds of unauthorized children from Ukraine. Moscow rejects the allegations, calling the move unacceptable and saying it has no legal force in Russia and is not a member of the International Criminal Court.

The British government has said more than 40 countries will be represented in London on Monday in this conference, jointly organized by the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said: “We meet today in London united on one issue: holding war criminals accountable for the atrocities committed in Ukraine during this unjust, illegal and unjustified invasion”.

“The UK, together with the international community, will continue to provide the International Criminal Court with funding, staff and expertise to ensure justice is served,” he added.

And his Dutch counterpart, Dylan Yeselguz-Zygerius, stressed that Ukrainians “deserve our support to get justice”.

Since the start of the war, the United Kingdom has been the second most financially involved country in support of Ukraine, after the United States.

Britain promised the court quest£1m ($1.22m) is due for the year and the Justice Department said it expects other countries to pledge financial support for the London conference, which Britain and the Netherlands are co-hosting.

The ministry said the funding would go to training investigators to look into alleged war crimes, as well as psychological and practical support for victims.