July 13, 2024

Russian President Will Not Attend BRICS Summit In SA – Presidency

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Mr Ramaphosa is confident in the success of the event and urges the nation to extend hospitality to delegates from various continents and the globe.

FILE PHOTO: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is welcomed by President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation on the occasion of an official dinner in honor of Heads of State and-Government. PICTURE: GCIS

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PRETORIA: Presidency confirms Putin’s absence from the BRICS summit, but Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will represent Russia.

Africa’s only representative country’s president Mr Cyril Ramaphosa has officially confirmed South Africa’s readiness to host the 15th BRICS Summit, marking the first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic. The summit will be attended by leaders from Brazil, India, China, and South Africa.

The Presidency however confirms that by mutual agreement Russian president, Mr Vladimir Putin would not attend the summit of the BRICS group of nations in South Africa in August but that Russia would be represented by its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Mr Ramaphosa is confident in the success of the event and urges the nation to extend hospitality to delegates from various continents and the globe.

Russia did not tell South Africa that arresting Mr Putin on an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) would mean “war”, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Kremlin spokesman, Mr Dmitry Peskov told reporters, however, that everyone understood – without having it explained to them – what an attempt to infringe on Putin’s rights would mean.

Mr Lavrov is not strange in political circles as he attended the BRICS foreign ministers meeting in Cape Town last month.

The confirmation of Mr Putin not travelling to South Africa comes as the Democratic Alliance planned to head to court on Friday, to compel the government to execute an arrest warrant for war crimes issued by the International Criminal Court.

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