Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström travels to The Hague
On 28 September 2023, Mr Billström is visiting The Hague for talks with Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Hanke Bruins Slot. Mr Billström is also planning to visit the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is investigating Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
“There must be accountability for Russia’s aggression, Russia’s war crimes and other crimes. And accountability will be demanded. Impunity is a thing of the past,” says Mr Billström.
Accountability for international crimes is a high priority for Sweden – in Ukraine and the rest of the world. Sweden is a strong supporter of the ICC as a cornerstone of the fight against impunity. The talks between Mr Billström and his Dutch counterpart will address topics such as Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, continued support to Ukraine and the importance of maintaining EU unity. They may also touch upon Sweden’s application for membership of NATO.
Sweden is providing SEK 7 million in support to the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC in addition to the annual contribution to the Court of over SEK 30 million. In addition, the Swedish Prosecution Authority has seconded three prosecutors to the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC, and the Swedish Police Authority has seconded six investigators. Through Sida, Sweden is also supporting the ICC’s Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) with a total of SEK 15 million in 2023–2025. That makes Sweden the single largest donor to the TFV.