He confirmed that if Russian President Vladimir Putin decides to attend, he will not face arrest in Brazil.
President Lula da Silva made this statement during an interview on the sidelines of the current G20 meeting held in Delhi. The interview was conducted by the news show Firstpost.
The Brazilian leader emphasized that Putin would receive an invitation to the upcoming G20 event. Furthermore, Lula da Silva mentioned his own intentions to participate in a BRICS meeting in Russia before the Rio summit.
“I believe that Putin can go easily to Brazil," Lula said. “What I can say to you is that if I’m president of Brazil, and he comes to Brazil, there’s no way he will be arrested."
The backdrop to this assurance is the arrest warrant issued against Putin by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in March. The ICC has accused Putin of committing the war crime of unlawfully deporting numerous children from Ukraine.
In response to these allegations, Russia has consistently refuted claims that its military has been involved in war crimes or the forced removal of Ukrainian children.