Surprising development: Ally will arrest Putin if he sets foot in the country

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.28 - 2023 6:08 PM CET

'An extremely hostile decision'

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The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan is now affecting Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is accused of war crimes in Ukraine.

Armenia has expressed its intent to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has called for the arrest of Putin.

According to Dmitry Peskov, the spokesperson for the Russian government, as quoted by Russia Today,

"Armenia is a sovereign state. We hope that decisions like this will not affect our bilateral relations. However, it's an extremely hostile decision."

Armenia is currently embroiled in a fierce conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The country believes that joining the ICC would make sense as it could then bring cases against Azerbaijan.

The issue for Russia and Putin is that Armenia is now committing to arrest Putin if he sets foot on Armenian soil, reports Russia Today.

This situation also posed a problem for Putin during the BRICS summit hosted by South Africa in August, where he could not make an appearance.

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