Brazilian President Lula da Silva, whose country took over the G20 presidency on December 1, said he would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the group’s summit, even though he could be arrested there on a warrant from the International Criminal Court.
Details: The Brazilian president confirmed that Putin will receive an invitation to the G20 summit, and will make the decision whether to go or not, taking into account the “consequences.”
“I’m not the one who decides this, it’s up to the court to decide, and the president (of Brazil – Ed.) does not evaluate the decisions of the court, whether he implements them or not… If he (Putin – Ed.) comes, he knows that will happen,” he added.
Silva, at the same time, retreated from previous words when he promised that Brazil would not arrest the Russian President, recalling that the country is a signatory to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and has “responsibilities.”
Let us recall that in March 2023 the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin in connection with the illegal removal of children from Ukraine. Because of this, he ultimately did not go to the BRICS summit in South Africa, which is a signatory to the Rome Status.
To the last G20 summit in India (which is not a member of the ICC), Putin also sent not himself, but the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov.
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