The high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and security policy Josep Borrell called the lifting of sanctions and visa restrictions in respect of employees of the International criminal court (ICC) from the United States “an important step” that “underscores the US commitment to an international order based on rules.”
“The ICC plays an important role in the administration of justice to the victims of the most horrific crimes in the world. Upholding the continuity and independence of the ICC is crucial for its effective and well—functioning work,” Borrel said in a written statement.
According to him, the European Union, together with its partners, will continue to support the ICC and resist attempts to interfere with the work of the international justice system.
In mid-June 2020, former US President Donald Trump signed a decree allowing sanctions to be imposed on employees of the court, which decided to investigate possible crimes committed by US military personnel. Then Trump accused this international structure of corruption and biased investigations and suspected Russia of influencing it.