British Home Secretary Priti Patel said several Western countries, including the UK and the United States, have called on Interpol to suspend Russia from the international law enforcement organization.
“Alongside counterparts from US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, I have written today calling on INTERPOL_HQ and its Executive Committee to take a decision this week, in accordance with its rules, on the immediate suspension of Russia’s access to its systems,” Patel said.
“Russia’s actions are a direct threat to the safety of individuals and international law enforcement cooperation,” Patel added.
Western allies have been trying to diplomatically and economically isolate Moscow following its invasion of Ukraine.
On Sunday, US chief diplomat Antony Blinken said Washington had seen “very credible reports” that Russia had committed war crimes during the incursion, particularly in the treatment of civilians.
Last week at the UN Human Rights Council, members voted to investigate allegations of abuses committed by Moscow’s forces in Ukraine.
Interpol, a network of 194 member countries, exists to facilitate the policing of international crimes
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