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Putin’s arrest abroad would be a ‘declaration of war’

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Council Dmitry Medvedev hinted that attempts to arrest Vladimir Putin abroad would be seen by Moscow as a “declaration of war”. The warning comes after the arrest warrant against the Russian president, issued last week by the International Criminal Court (ICC)

Medvedev, who was Russia’s president from 2008 to 2012, said on Wednesday night that Russian weapons would hit a country if it stopped Putin.

The ICC, based in The Hague, has issued an international arrest warrant against the Russian leader for his alleged involvement in the deportation of children from occupied Ukrainian territories to Russia.

“Let’s imagine – clearly, this is a situation that will never happen – but still, let’s imagine that it will,” said Medvedev, a Putin ally. “The current head of a nuclear state arrives on the territory of, say, Germany and is arrested. What is that? A declaration of war against the Russian Federation.”

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