31 March 2022
Harriett Baldwin calls for Putin to be arrested for war crimes at G20 Summit

Following the Government response to an Urgent Question on Ukraine with particular reference to the use of rape as a weapon of war, Harriett Baldwin asks the Government if Vladimir Putin will be arrested for war crimes if he travels overseas to attend the G20 Summit later this year.

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)

I commend the Minister and the Foreign Secretaries over the past decade on their international leadership on this important issue. Should Vlad Putin the invader decide to travel overseas to the G20 later this year, will she confirm that he will be arrested on the spot as a war criminal?

Vicky Ford (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

My hon. Friend asks, “Is Putin a war criminal?” There is very strong evidence that war crimes have been committed by the Russian armed forces in Ukraine. It will be for the ICC prosecutor to identify the individuals who may have committed those crimes. That is why we are supporting the work of the ICC prosecutor in every way that we can.