US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the US administration has decided to lift unilateral sanctions against the International Criminal Court, TASS reports.
It is reported that on Friday, US President Joseph Biden approved the annulment of a presidential decree providing for the application of the above measures. Thus, the United States will stop using “economic sanctions and visa restrictions” against the ICC.
At the same time, the head of the State Department noted that the new government of the United States strongly disagrees with the actions of this court concerning the situations in Afghanistan and Palestine.
Recall that former US President Donald Trump signed a decree allowing the imposition of sanctions against the ICC in June 2020.
After that, the US Treasury announced the imposition of sanctions against ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensuda and head of the justice department Fakiso Mochochoko.
Earlier, US Attorney General William Barr said that Washington is concerned about Russia’s influence on the International Criminal Court and accuses Moscow of using it in its own interests.