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BELGRADE, Serbia — Issuing a global arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin may have unfavourable penalties and can solely delay the struggle in Ukraine, Serbia’s president mentioned Sunday.

The Worldwide Felony Courtroom issued the warrant for the Russian chief on Friday, accusing him of struggle crimes. The ICC accused him of bearing private duty for the abductions of youngsters from Ukraine throughout Russia’s full-scale invasion of its neighbor that began nearly 13 months in the past.

However Serbian populist President Aleksandar Vucic, who had prior to now boasted about his private relation with the Russian chief, criticized the court docket’s resolution.

“I feel issuing an arrest warrant for Putin, not to enter authorized issues, may have unhealthy political penalties and it says that there’s a nice reluctance to speak about peace (and) about truce” in Ukraine, Vucic informed reporters in Belgrade.

“My query is now that you’ve got accused him of the largest struggle crimes, who’re you going to speak to now?” Vucic mentioned.

“Do you actually assume that it’s attainable to defeat Russia in a month, three months or a 12 months?” he requested, including: “There isn’t a doubt that the aim of those that did that is to make it tough for Putin to speak, so that everybody who talks to him is conscious that he’s accused of struggle crimes.”

Requested if Putin can be arrested if he involves Serbia, Vucic mentioned that it’s “a pointless query, as a result of it’s clear that so long as the battle (in Ukraine) continues, Putin has nowhere to go.”

Though Serbia is searching for European Union membership, it has maintained shut ties to Russia and is the one European state that has refused to hitch worldwide sanctions in opposition to Moscow.

Vucic, a powerful opponent of worldwide struggle crimes courts, was a rating official of an ultranationalist social gathering whose chief Vojislav Seselj and several other different members ended up within the worldwide struggle crimes court docket on trials for crimes they dedicated in the course of the wars within the Nineteen Nineties.

Within the late Nineteen Nineties, Vucic was info minister within the authorities of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic in the course of the struggle in Kosovo the place Serb troops have been accused of varied struggle crimes dedicated in opposition to Kosovo Albanian separatists.

Milosevic was arrested in Serbia on struggle crime prices in 2001. He died on the worldwide struggle crimes court docket within the Hague in 2006 earlier than his trial on the crimes dedicated by Serbian troops in the course of the wars within the Balkans within the Nineteen Nineties ended.