Russia's withdrawal from the Rome Statute would not have any legal effect and would not stop holding the trial and punish those responsible, Simon Papuashvili, lawyer and manager of organization "International Partnership for Human Rights" stated at a press conference in Kyiv, according to a QHA correspondent.
“This gesture of Russia would not have any legal consequences, but only political ones. After all, according to the Vienna Convention, there is a signed agreement. This is the gesture of the Russian Federation against the Prosecutor of the ICC, and an attempt to launch a campaign against the court. But this will not affect the court; this will not prevent it from investigation and punishment of the offender. The court's jurisdiction extends to the Crimea, so any crime committed by Russians in the occupied peninsula will be investigated by the ICC,” Papuashvili said.
It was reported earlier that Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a directive "On intention of the Russian Federation not to become a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court."