Russian President Vladimir Putin is welcome to the next G-20 summit, to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2024. This is what Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said. “It is possible that Putin will come to Brazil.”
The Brazilian president told reporters in New Delhi, where he is taking part in the current summit of the twenty largest economies in the world. Putin was among the main absentees, as the International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for him in March for the deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia, a war crime. The Kremlin’s official explanation for Putin’s absence from the summit is that he is “very busy.”
Brazil is a member of the International Criminal Court and is obligated to arrest Putin as soon as he sets foot on Brazilian soil. “What I can say is that if I become president of Brazil and he comes to Brazil, there will be no chance of him being arrested,” Lula da Silva said.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Putin has rarely left Russia. He was also not present at the previous G20 summit in Indonesia. At the end of August, he missed the summit meeting of the so-called BRICS countries in South Africa. South Africa is also a member of the International Criminal Court and should arrest the Russian president. (AP)
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