The Brazilian government will not guarantee Russian President Vladimir Putin that he will not be detained if he attends the G20 summit in Rio de Janeiro next year. Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said this today during his visit to Berlin, EFE and DPA reported. Brazil is a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which issued an arrest warrant for Putin in connection with his role in smuggling Ukrainian children to Russia. According to Lula, the Brazilian government would leave the decision to detain the Russian president due to the ICC arrest warrant to the judiciary.
Lula said in Berlin that Putin will receive an invitation to the summit of the G20 group of countries, which Brazil has been chairing for a year since the beginning of December. However, he added that he could not anticipate whether the Russian president would be arrested if he actually flew to Rio de Janeiro. “This is not decided by the head of state, but by the judiciary,” said the Brazilian president. At the same time, Lula claimed back in September that it was impossible for Putin to be detained during his visit to Brazil due to an ICC arrest warrant.
The Russian president did not attend the BRICS summit in South Africa in August, as the country is also a member of the ICC and would have been at risk of detention there. However, Putin was not even at this year’s G20 summit in India, which has never acceded to the ICC.
Today in Berlin, Lula once again condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, the Brazilian president has criticized both Moscow and Kyiv in the past for not showing sufficient will to agree on a ceasefire. Brazil also did not impose sanctions on Russia or provide military equipment to Ukraine. At the same time, he argues his neutrality. Lula said he wants to use Brazil’s presidency of the G20 group to find a solution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Brazilian President Lula held talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin today about energy, climate protection and foreign policy. They agreed that they wanted the final text of the trade agreement between the EU and the Mercosur group of Latin American countries, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, to be negotiated soon.
According to AFP, the European Commission hoped that the EU and Mercosur would agree on the final form of the deal, which has been under discussion for more than 20 years, during a summit in Brazil this week. However, expectations were tempered by criticism of the agreement at the weekend from French President Emmanuel Macron and the outgoing government in Argentina. However, according to Reuters, Spain, which holds the presidency of the EU Council, still hopes that the negotiations will be successfully concluded by the end of the year.