Moscow, Russia (CNN) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, on Tuesday, that the Russian government does not recognize the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, according to the Russian (TASS) news agency.
Peskov added: “We do not recognize this court, and we do not recognize the jurisdiction of this court, this is how we deal with it.”
Peskov’s remarks came as a comment on the possibility of the International Criminal Court hearing two cases against Russian citizens in connection with the conflict in Ukraine.
Russia withdrew from the ICC treaty under a directive signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2016.
On the other hand, the Kremlin said, on Tuesday, that the extension of the grain deal for a period of 60 days “was a gesture of goodwill” by Russia. Peskov told reporters on a conference call that what concerns the Russian side of the agreement has not yet been implemented, referring to the failure to lift restrictions on exporting Russia’s agricultural products.
He added, “The deal cannot stand on one leg, and of course, the conditions for extending (the deal) are relative.” In response to a question about the reason for not extending the agreement for a period of 120 days, Peskov replied, saying: “This is a gesture of goodwill on the part of Russia.”
Peskov indicated that Russia resorted to this step “in the hope that, after such a long time, the conditions and obligations of the known parties will be fulfilled.”
According to the official Russian RIA Novosti agency, quoting Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko, that Russia and the United Nations agreed to extend the Ukrainian grain agreement, after negotiations in Geneva, for a period of 60 days.
Groshko added that the condition is the fulfillment of all promises made to Russia, including the commitment to lift sanctions, direct and indirect, on the supply of agricultural products to world markets.
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