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Sunday Times: South African authorities ask Putin to attend BRICS summit via video link due to ICC warrant for his arrest

The authorities of the Republic of South Africa (SAR) are discussing with the Russian side the participation of Vladimir Putin in the BRICS via video link. This was reported to the Sunday Times by an unnamed senior official.

South Africa recognizes the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC). Due to the fact that he issued a warrant for the arrest of Putin, the republic's authorities are asking the Russian president not to come to the BRICS summit, which will be held in Durban in August.

“If he comes here, we will have to arrest him <…> The only option we have is to connect via Teams or Zoom from Moscow,” the Sunday Times interlocutor said, explaining that South Africa is seeking to avoid conflict with Western countries.

At the end of March, it became known that South Africa and Russia are consulting on Putin's participation in the BRICS summit. Bloomberg reported that the government of the republic is holding legal consultations on what to do if the Russian president arrives at the summit. With whom exactly, it is not specified.

In mid-March, the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Putin and the children's rights ombudsman in Russia, Maria Lvova-Belova. According to the court, they are both responsible for the deportation to Russia of children from Ukrainian territories occupied during the war.

So far, Russia has not officially confirmed that Putin will attend the BRICS summit in 2023. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the members of the association have not met in person.

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