Vladimir Putin has signed an order to have Russia withdrawn from the International Criminal Court amid calls for his military to be referred over air strikes backing President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The President instructed Russia’s foreign ministry to notify the United Nations of the country’s refusal to be subject to the body’s activity.
State media reported that the government was pulling out of the 2002 Rome Statute, which establishes the International Criminal Court’s status and powers.
“The International Criminal Court has not justified hopes placed upon it and did not become a truly independent and authoritative judicial body,” a spokesperson for the Russian foreign ministry said.
A statement claimed that Russia “consistently advocates that people guilty of grave offences must be held accountable” and took part in developing laws against genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.