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Putin’s Arrest Could Spark World War III, Russia Warns

Russia’s former President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that any attempt by Germany to arrest President Vladimir Putin on the International Criminal Court’s warrant could spark World War III.

The court, which is based in The Hague in the Netherlands, concluded on March 16 that Putin had committed war crimes in his full-scale invasion of Ukraine, citing the unlawful deportation of Ukrainian children.

It is the first time an arrest warrant has been issued against the leader of one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Medvedev, who serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s security council and was also prime minister for eight years, said that if the German authorities attempted to arrest the Russian president on the ICC’s warrant, it would be a declaration of war.

“Let’s imagine—obviously this situation which will never be realized, but nevertheless let’s imagine that it was realized. The current head of the nuclear state went to a territory—say, Germany—and was arrested,” Medvedev said, according to state- run news agency RIA Novosti.

“What would that be? It would be a declaration of war on the Russian Federation,” he added.

Germany is one of the 30 members of NATO, along with the US, so Medvedev’s warning suggests that any arrest would put the military alliance at war with Russia, sparking World War III.

The former president’s remarks come a few days after Marco Buschmann, Germany’s justice minister, told the newspaper Picture that Putin would be arrested if he entered German territory.

Under the International Criminal Court warrant, its 123 member states, including Germany, would be obliged to arrest Putin and hand him over to the court.

Buschmann said: “I expect the ICC to quickly contact Interpol as well as participating states and ask them to comply with the demand.

“Germany will then be obliged to arrest President Putin when he enters German territory and hand him over to the ICC.”

This is a breaking news story and it will be updated.

Russia’s former President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that any attempt by Germany to arrest President Vladimir Putin on the International Criminal Court’s warrant could spark World War III.

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