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Putin, facing war crimes arrest, will skip BRICS summit in South Africa

By Mary Ilyushina and Robyn Dixon

20 Jul 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the upcoming BRICS summit in South Africa due to an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over alleged war crimes in Ukraine. The decision was made "by mutual agreement" with South Africa's presidential administration.

RIGA, Latvia - Russian President Vladimir Putin, facing an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court over alleged war crimes in Ukraine, will not attend next month's summit of the BRICS group of nations in South Africa "by mutual agreement," South Africa's presidential administration said Wednesday.

The agreement with the Kremlin puts an end to a diplomatic quandary for South Africa: As a member of the ICC, it would have an obligation to arrest Putin upon his arrival in the country.

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