“If Putin decides to participate” in next year’s summit, “it is up to the judges to decide” on his possible arrest, “not my government,” the Brazilian president noted.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said today that his country should reconsider its accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC), given that other states, notably the US, China and India, have chosen not to join it. .
It would be up to Brazilian judges to decide if and whether Russian President Vladimir Putin should be arrested if he attended the G20 summit in the Latin American country in 2024, the president added, speaking to reporters in New Delhi.
In March, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Putin, accusing him of war crimes, including ordering the illegal transfer of hundreds of children from Ukraine to Russia.
Moscow denies that the Russian armed forces have committed war crimes or that they forcibly transported children from Ukrainian to Russian territory.
Brazil is a signatory to the Rome Statute, which led to the establishment of the ICC.
“I want to know why the US, India and China did not sign the Charter and why our country did,” Lula said.
Vladimir Putin preferred not to participate in the last two G20 meetings, in Bali (Indonesia) and New Delhi (India). Russia was represented in both sessions by its head of diplomacy, Sergei Lavrov.
“If Putin decides to participate” in next year’s summit, “it is up to the judges to decide” on his possible arrest, “not to my government,” the Brazilian center-left president noted.
This is a reconstruction of the position that Lula expressed just yesterday Saturday, when he said in an interview that “there was no chance” that Mr. Putin would be arrested if he went to Brazil.
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