A senior Russian official wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on war crimes charges will attend an informal meeting of the UN Security Council virtually on Wednesday.
According to AFP news agency, Ukraine has abducted and forcibly deported more than 16,000 children since the beginning of the invasion of Russia.
Last month, the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his commissioner for children’s rights, Maria Lova Belova, over the case.
Britain has expressed its displeasure at the participation of senior Russian official Maria Luva Belova at the meeting and said that “if she wants to say anything about her actions and actions, she can do so in The Hague.”
Britain’s statement said its delegation had successfully blocked the forthcoming meeting from being broadcast on the UN website.
This type of informal meeting can be held by any member of the council. It is held in the United Nations and not in the Security Council.
Recently, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, said that Wednesday’s meeting had been planned for a “long time” and that the ICC had issued an arrest warrant on March 17.
On Tuesday, Russian official Maria Luva Belova said during a press conference in Moscow that she is ready to send the children back to Ukraine if their families request them.
A report from his office said that since March 29, 16 children from 9 families have reached their relatives in Ukraine or other regions.
She has refused to publish a complete list of Ukrainian children in Russia.