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Opposition: Justice minister did not sign resolution on support for ICC

Foreign ministry dismisses reports on Hungary ‘veto’ of EU’s ICC statement

The foreign ministry on Monday rejected "mendacious" reports that Hungary had vetoed a joint European Union statement welcoming the International Criminal Court's decision on Russian officials suspected of war crimes.
21. March 2023 16:35

In a statement to Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, Hungary said it accepted the ICC’s decision to issue a warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova, Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, on suspicion of their direct responsibility in the unlawful deportation and transport of Ukrainian children to Russia.

Hungary does not wish to comment on the warrant in any way, foreign ministry spokesman Mate Paczolay said in a statement late on Monday, but it will not object to statements made by the high representative or individual member states on the issue, he added.

Opposition: Justice min did not sign resolution on support for ICC

Hungary’s justice minister was the only EU minister not to sign the joint resolution on supporting the International Criminal Court’s decision to issue an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is accused of war crimes, opposition Democratic Coalition party MEP Sandor Ronai said on Tuesday.

Ronai told an online press briefing that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was “discrediting Hungary by defending” Putin, and “cementing Hungary’s isolation” from the rest of the European Union, thereby compromising its EU funding.

He said that far from benefiting from Putin’s support, Hungary was being gravely damaged as a result.


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