BRICS: Putin Fears Arrest at Next Summit – Will he Attend?
A representative from the Kremlin announced on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet confirmed his attendance at the upcoming BRICS summit in South Africa, which will be held in August.
When asked about Putin’s participation, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov replied that decisions will be made closer to the time. Despite the uncertainty, Peskov affirmed that Russia would actively participate in the conference, emphasizing the significance of the association.
The delay in Putin’s attendance decision comes amid an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on March 17. The warrant holds Putin accountable for his actions in Ukraine and for waging war against the country.
If Putin were to attend the summit in South Africa, theoretically, he would be subject to arrest. However, given the friendly relationship between Russia and South Africa, President Ramaphosa’s administration is unlikely to take such action.
In addition to Putin, the ICC also issued an arrest warrant for Russia’s commissioner for children’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova.
The warrant stems from accusations that she separated Ukrainian children from their parents and brought them to Russia. Russia denies these allegations, stating that it provides humanitarian aid and protects orphans from conflict zones.
BRICS, a group of five countries including Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, is regarded as an anti-American alliance. The bloc aims to create a new currency to settle international trade, bypassing the use of the U.S. dollar for global settlements. The upcoming summit seeks to further this goal.