ArmInfo. Armenia's decision to ratify the Rome Statute of the ICC will have the most negative consequences for bilateral relations, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told RIA Novosti.
"From the beginning, the Armenian partners were informed about our position, according to which the ratification of the Rome Statute of the ICC by Armenia is unacceptable in the conditions when this institute issued an "arrest warrant" to the top leadership of Russia," the department said.
The Foreign Ministry also commented on Yerevan's initiative to conclude an agreement to resolve this issue, clarifying that Moscow proposed a compromise option that could suit both parties. "Unfortunately, it has not been considered, but instead, a political decision was made in Armenia in favor of ratifying the Rome Statute," the ministry explained.
Armenia's Representative on International Legal Affairs Yeghishe Kirakosyan, informed that Yerevan proposed to Moscow to sign a bilateral agreement to legally resolve the situation related to the ratification of the Rome Statute. According to him, the text of the document was presented in April. In addition, the thesis of the Armenian side that joining the ICC will supposedly not affect the relations of the countries in any way does not correspond to reality, the diplomatic department noted.
"It's hard to imagine a visit to the republic by the Russian leadership, especially when MPs from the ruling party are calling for the arrest of Vladimir Putin at the request of the Hague "Themis." "Moscow hopes that there will be sober-minded forces in the National Assembly of Armenia that will not stamp the decision, which is obviously toxic for Armenian-Russian relations," the Russian Foreign Ministry concluded.