19 Mar, 2022 @ 08:00
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Spain joins calls for Russian president Vladimir Putin to be tried for war crimes over Ukraine invasion

Spain: Ukrainian Demonstration Against Russian Invasion
February 27, 2022, Seville, Seville, Spain: A Ujrainian woman holds a banner comparing Russian president Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. During the demostration various persons called Putin ''Murder''. Ukrainian citizens living in Seville made a demostration to support their country and government and against the Russian invasion and Vladimir Putin. (Credit Image: © Ngel GarcíA/Pacific Press via ZUMA Press Wire)

Spain has joined calls for the International Criminal Court in The Hague to pursue Vladimir Putin for his unprovoked attack on Ukraine.

Government spokeswoman Isabel Rodriguez announced that ministers had agreed to refer the request for an investigation to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to establish whether crimes under its jurisdiction have been committed in Ukraine.

“We will do everything in our power and use all the tools of the state to fight Putin’s war,” she said after the weekly cabinet meeting.

Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares also stressed that Putin should be held accountable for war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine.

He said on Wednesday that Spain was among 38 states asking the ICC to investigate Putin for war crimes.

In an interview with Telecinco, Albares said Putin would face consequences for his unprovoked attack on Ukraine.

He said the main objective was to ‘isolate Putin and those around him more and more’ .

He reiterated statements by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez that Spain would continue to send shipments of weapons to aid Ukraine resistance against Russian forces.

Earlier this week US President Joe Biden said his opinion is that Putin is a war criminal.

Russia has carried out bombing on hospitals and a theater where children were seeking refuge. Russian forces are also suspected of using  cluster bombs and so-called vacuum bombs in dense areas with many civilians, all acts which fall under the definition of war crimes.

The International Criminal Court has specific definitions for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression.

However, Russia has not ratified the ICC’s Rome Statute, which means there is very little chance of Putin ending up in the dock.

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Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.

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