Armenia's Parliament Votes to Join the International Criminal Court, Straining Ties with Ally Russia


The Armenian parliament on Tuesday voted to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), which earlier this year indicted Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes connected to the deportation of children from Ukraine. 

The move is likely to further strain Armenia’s deteriorating relation with its ally Russia, which last month called Yerevan’s push to join the ICC an “unfriendly step.” 

Armenian officials say the effort to join ICC has nothing to do with Russia and was prompted by Azerbaijan’s aggression against the country. 

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