Are they arresting Putin? ‘I don’t decide’

Brazil’s president, who currently heads the G20, announced he would invite Vladimir Putin to the group’s summit in Rio de Janeiro.

The G20 summit will take place in Brazil next year. Lula da Silva announced he would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to a meeting despite the risk of being arrested on an International Criminal Court warrant.

Brazil’s leader said this on Monday after a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin, reports the Brazilian newspaper ‘O Globo’. Lula de Silva confirmed that Putin will receive an invitation to the G20 summit. As the president has noted, Putin will have to decide for himself whether he wants to take the risk of coming to Brazil.

Da Silva changes his mind

– I am not the one who decides on it, it depends on the court, and the president does not evaluate the court’s rulings, he implements them or not… If he comes, he knows what will happen – he added to. Previously, Brazil’s president stated that there was no possibility that the Russian leader would be arrested in Rio de Janeiro.

At the same time, da Silva backed away from his earlier promise that Brazil would not detain the President of the Russian Federation.

In March 2023, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin in connection with the kidnapping of children from Ukraine. Ultimately, the Russian president decided not to attend the BRICS summit in South Africa, a country that has ratified the Rome Statute. It is worth noting that Vladimir Putin sent Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to India, a country that is not a member of the ICC.

In the first half of October, Vladimir Putin appeared abroad for the first time since the ICC issued his arrest warrant. The leader of Russia visited Kyrgyzstan.

Arrest warrant

The International Criminal Court, located in The Hague, is the first permanent international court in history, established to try persons accused of committing the most serious crimes, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war and acts of aggression committed after July 1, 2002. It was established on the basis of the Rome Statute of July 17, 1998, developed at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the capital of Italy. The ICC started its activities on July 1, 2002. From March 11, 2021, the Court will be led by a Pole, Prof. Piotr Hofmanski.

In March this year, The International Criminal Court in The Hague issued an arrest warrant against the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and the country’s Ombudsman for Children, Maria Lviv-Belova, accused of complicity in the illegal export of Ukrainian children to Russia. In response to these actions, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation initiated proceedings against the ICC, accusing the judges of unlawful acts in violation of the Russian Criminal Code.

Source: Do Rzeczy