Hungarian State Minister Gergely Gulyas told reporters at a press conference, “We can refer to Hungarian laws and we cannot arrest the Russian president based on that. Because the ICC statute has not been announced in Hungary.”
Referring to the ICC order, Gulyas described it as “his personal, subjective opinion” and said, “These decisions are not lucky decisions as they lead things to a further escalation, not peace.”
The ICC has called for Putin’s arrest on suspicion of the illegal deportation of children from Ukraine and the illegal evacuation of Ukrainian people from their territory to Russia.
The court issued an arrest warrant on the same charges for Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s Commissioner for the Rights of the Child.
Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Maria Zaharova said in a statement on her social media account after the decision, “The decisions of the International Criminal Court have no meaning for our country, including from a legal point of view. Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and accordingly the decision has no meaning. There is no obligation,” he said.