Armenia’s parliament on Tuesday ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, thereby recognizing the jurisdiction of the ICC, a development that further intensifies the country’s strained relationship with Russia.

It is recalled that the International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin over the war in Ukraine.

Moscow last month called Yerevan’s bid to join the ICC an “unfriendly step” and the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Armenian ambassador. Countries that have signed and ratified the Rome Statute that created the ICC are required to arrest Putin, who is accused of war crimes in Ukraine.

According to Armenian officials, the move has nothing to do with Russia, but with Azerbaijan’s growing aggression against the country.

The legislators they voted to ratify the Rome Statute by a vote of 60-22. Armenia’s president must sign the decision, which will take effect 60 days after the vote.