Russia: ICC war crimes requests for Syria 'untimely'

By REUTERS
February 19, 2013 14:01




MOSCOW - A senior Russian official indicated on Monday that Moscow would not support calls to refer suspected war criminals in Syria to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.

United Nations investigators said on Monday that Syrian leaders they had identified as suspected war criminals should face the ICC.

But Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov, whose country is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, told a news conference that this was "not the path we should follow ... at this stage it would be untimely and unconstructive."


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