The court was set up to try those suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree outlining Russia’s intention to not be a member state of the Statute of Rome which established the International Criminal Court,” said Russia’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.
“We were never members of the ICC,” a ministry official told the AFP agency. “We signed the statute but have never ratified it. We are withdrawing our signature so the obligations linked to that will henceforth be withdrawn.”
Three African countries – Gambia, South Africa and Burundi – have recently announced their intention to withdraw from the ICC.
The US and China have never been members.