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RSA: Putin's arrest warrant is 'spanner in works' for BRICS summit

Apr 12, 2023

South Africa is probably puzzled by the arrest warrant issued by The Hague for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. They called it a 'spanner in works' on the eve of the BRICS summit.

This was stated by the speaker of the South African President Vincent Magwenya, The Guardian reports.


The summit of the BRICS is expected to take place in August this year. The bloc includes Russia, India, Brazil, China and South Africa. In addition to being a member of the International Criminal Court, South Africa is also hosting other heads of state during this year's summit.

"All heads of state would be expected to attend the summit. But now we have a spanner in the works in the form of this ICC warrant, What that dictates is that there be further engagements, in terms of how that is going to be managed and those engagements are under way. Once they’ve been concluded, the necessary announcements will be made," Magwenya said.

As a reminder, the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. A warrant was also issued for Maria Lvov-Belova, the presidential commissioner for children's rights. The warrant will be valid for the rest of their lives until they are brought to trial.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 12/04/2022

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