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South African authorities do not want Vladimir Putin at the BRICS summit. There is a response from the Kremlin

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We would be happy if Russian President Vladimir Putin did not attend the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, Vice President Paul Mashatile told the Mail & Guardian. At the same time, the daily reports that the Kremlin has ruled out such an option.

Government South Africa he wanted to avoid the president’s visit Russiato evade the obligation to detain him as ordered by the International Criminal Court (ICC). “We cannot invite someone and arrest him (…) we would be happy if (Putin) did not come,” explained Mashatile.

However, the Kremlin rejected the proposal of the South African authorities that the Russian delegation to the summit, which will take place on August 22-24, be headed by the head of Russian diplomacy Sergey Lavrov.

Mashatile also reported that BrazilIndia i China rejected the proposal to organize the summit online, and India and Brazil did not agree to move it to China.

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“Security guarantees” for Putin

In April, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he would seek the country’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to avoid its obligation to detain Putin.

A Kremlin official told the Moscow Times that during Ramaphosa’s June visit to St. Petersburg, South Africa gave Putin a “safety guarantee” during his trip to South Africa.

Vladimir Putin and Cyril Ramaphosa during the BRICS Summit. Photo from July 2018 kremlin.ru

BRICS Summit in South Africa

In August, Johannesburg will host a summit of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, South Africa, China and India), and according to international law, the South African authorities will be obliged to arrest Putin.

South Africa did not condemn the invasion of Ukraine, saying it wanted to remain neutral and preferred dialogue to end the war. Earlier this year, it conducted joint military exercises with Russia and China, which observers considered as proof of pro-Kremlin sympathies of the country’s authorities.

Main photo source: kremlin.ru

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