Plenkovic: If Putin comes to Croatia, we will immediately arrest him

Andrej Plenkovi.
The Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovi / / Photo: EPA-EFE / Virginia Mayo / POOL

When the Russian president Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, for whom the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague issued an arrest warrant, would come to Croatia, he would be arrested in accordance with the procedure provided by law, the Croatian Prime Minister said today in Brussels Andrej Plenkovi..

Croatia acceded to the Statute of the International Criminal Court and passed a law on cooperation with the court.

"That law provides for all the procedures in case there is a warrant for the arrest of a person and, as far as I know, immunity does not apply here. Therefore, the procedure would be exactly as provided by that law, and the Croatian police and competent authorities would certainly react," Plenkovic said, answering a journalist's question about how Croatia would act in the event of Putin's visit.

Plenkovic pointed out that such a visit "is not realistic anyway".

"I don't believe he will be heading to the countries that are signatories to the Rome Statute so soon," he said.

The Rome Statute is an international treaty that created the International Criminal Court.

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