Russian President Vladimir Putin is not going to South Africa to attend the summit of BRICS countries. On Saturday, Putin said about this that it is more important for him to stay in Russia. Explain that Putin will attend the summit of BRICS countries through a video link and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will go to South Africa to attend the summit.
South African officials said on July 19 that Putin was not coming to South Africa to attend the BRICS summit. Giving information, Vincent Magwenya, spokesman for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, said that ‘after mutual consent, President Putin will not participate in the conference’. The BRICS summit is to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from August 22-24.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant against Putin. An arrest warrant has been issued for Putin in Ukraine on charges of war crimes, illegal displacement of children and illegal migration of people. In such a situation, Putin is facing the threat of arrest after leaving Russia. There was also international pressure on South Africa to arrest Putin.
South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, is also pressuring the government to arrest Putin and has also gone to court regarding this. It is noteworthy that South Africa had earlier issued a statement making it clear that it would not arrest Putin for participating in the BRICS summit. Diplomatic experts say that Putin does not want to jeopardize the BRICS summit by coming to South Africa, nor does he want to increase South Africa’s problems.