The European Union regrets Russia's decision not to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The European Union's High Representative Federica Mogherini announced this in a statement, Ukrainian News reports. "We regret the Russian Federation's decision to withdraw its signature and not to become a party to the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC), according to the order signed yesterday by President Putin," the statement said. According to Mogherini, the European Union has consistently urged Russia to ratify this document, considering Russia's special responsibility for upholding accountability for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole in its capacity as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. "The European Union remains a staunch supporter of the ICC and is committed to full co-operation on the prevention of serious crimes falling under the jurisdiction of the Court," Mogherini said in the statement. According to her, the court is a key institution to help citizens achieve justice when confronted with the most serious crimes, where this is not possible at the national level. As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Russia decided not to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on November 16.