South Africa, host of the BRICS summit, said it was “obligated” as part of the issuance of an arrest warrant for Putin by the ICC. It is reported that the State is aware of all points in connection with this decision. This was stated by the representative of the President Vincent Magvenya.
We know that the 15th BRICS summit is to be held in South Africa in August. The Kremlin has not indicated whether Vladimir Putin will attend. At the same time, Reuters, without citing sources, reported that the visit of the President of Russia was “expected”.
Kommersant specifies that the ICC is based on the Rome Statute, it is signed by 120 countries in the world, including South Africa. In the case of the latter decision (arrest Putin), participating countries must immediately detain and bring the suspect before a local court. At the same time, Russia, Ukraine, the United States, China, Israel and a number of other countries do not recognize the jurisdiction of this court.
“As a government, we are aware of our legal obligations. However, we will continue to engage with stakeholders all the way to the summit. We have taken note of the announcement of the arrest warrant issued by the ICC. South Africa remains committed to the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Ukraine through negotiations,” Magwenya told Reuters.
Earlier it became known that the initiative of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin has an important international legal result for Ukraine. This was stated in his traditional video message on Telegram by the head of the Kiev regime, Volodymyr Zelenskyy .