Brazil Invites Putin to G20 Summit Amid ICC Warrant


Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has announced his intention to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the upcoming G20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next year. He emphasized that Putin would not face arrest in Brazil when attending the meeting. Lula himself plans to participate in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) bloc meeting next year.

“I am confident that Putin can easily come to Brazil,” said Lula during the G20 Summit in India on Sunday, September 10, 2023.

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“What I can tell you is that I am the President of Brazil, and if he (Putin) comes to Brazil, there is no possibility of his arrest,” he added.

Previously, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Putin in March, accusing him of war crimes related to the illegal deportation of hundreds of children from Ukraine, although Russia denied these allegations. It’s worth noting that Brazil is a signatory to the Rome Statute, which laid the foundation for the establishment of the ICC.

Putin has also missed several international meetings, including the G20 Summit in India, and has been represented by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

During the recent G20 Summit in India, member countries refrained from condemning Russia for the conflict in Ukraine. However, all nations called for a non-violent approach to the situation in that region.

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