South Africa to host BRICS summit despite Putin arrest warrant

South Africa to host BRICS summit despite Putin arrest warrant

South Africa has confirmed that it will still host the BRICS bloc summit in August, despite rumors that it may be moved to China to accommodate Russian President Vladimir Putin. The speculation arose due to concerns that South Africa, as a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC), would be obligated to arrest Putin on war crimes accusations if he attended the summit. These accusations stem from an arrest warrant related to the deportation of children from Ukraine, which Putin denies.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently met with Putin in Russia, highlighting the historical alliance between the two countries. However, South Africa’s duty to the ICC remains, and the country must consider the potential arrest of Putin if he attends the summit. The Department of International Relations confirmed that the 15th BRICS Summit will take place in Johannesburg from August 22 to 24, emphasizing that the entire summit, including the participation of the BRICS heads of state, will be held in South Africa.

While South African officials had previously suggested the possibility of moving the summit to China, a non-member of the ICC, no decision has been made to change the venue. The South African government has not provided any comment on whether or not Putin will attend the summit. South Africa’s Minister of International Relations, Naledi Pandor, revealed that Putin has not yet responded to the invitation sent before his ICC charges on March 18. However, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have all confirmed their plans to attend.

South Africa maintains its neutrality in the Ukraine conflict but has faced criticism from Western powers for its perceived friendliness towards Russia. This criticism includes hosting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and conducting joint naval exercises. Despite these concerns, South Africa remains committed to hosting the BRICS summit and upholding its obligations as an ICC signatory.

In conclusion, South Africa will proceed with hosting the BRICS bloc summit in August, with the event taking place in Johannesburg. The potential attendance of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who faces war crimes accusations, remains uncertain. South Africa’s duty to the ICC and its historical ties with Russia have raised speculation about the summit’s location, but no decision has been made to move it to China. The participation of other BRICS leaders, including those from China, India, and Brazil, has been confirmed. South Africa’s commitment to neutrality in the Ukraine conflict has been questioned, but the country remains steadfast in its role as the summit host.

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