Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Russian President Bows Out of BRICS Summit in South Africa

 Reuters published on 19 July 2023 an article titled "South Africa Says Putin to Stay Away from BRICS Summit" by Nellie Peyton and Anait Miridzhanian.  

South Africa announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on August 22-24, ending a dilemma that Pretoria as a member of the International Criminal Court would be obliged to arrest him for crimes during Russia's invasion of Ukraine.  

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will represent Russia at the summit.  Putin will call in by video link.