Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that his country, despite the ratification of the Rome Statute and the obligation to comply with the decisions of the International Criminal Court, does not intend to arrest the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin in case of a visit. He said this in an interview with an Indian publication Firstpost.
On March 17, 2023, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin for the deportation of children from Ukraine. The court’s chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, said that the arrest warrant issued in The Hague for Putin is for life.
After that, Putin never traveled outside of Russia, but, according to Lula, he can come to Brazil if he wants.
“What I can tell you is that if I am the president of Brazil and he comes to Brazil, under no circumstances will he be arrested,” Lula said.
He also added that the G20 is a forum for discussing economic issues, not politics.
“That’s why we didn’t want to discuss the war between Ukraine and Russia here in India. This is not the appropriate forum for this,” the Brazilian president said.
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He believes that it would be possible to “call Putin and Zelensky to the negotiating table” at the UN General Assembly.
President Vladimir Zelensky has repeatedly said that he will not negotiate with Putin.
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