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Vladimir Putin will skip a summit of Brics heads of state in South Africa subsequent month, ending a headache for Cyril Ramaphosa’s authorities that confronted a authorized obligation to arrest him on an Worldwide Legal Courtroom indictment.
“By mutual settlement, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation is not going to attend the Summit however the Russian Federation can be represented by Overseas Minister, Mr Sergey Lavrov,” the South African presidency stated on Wednesday.
South Africa had been stepping up efforts to dissuade Putin from taking on an invite that Pretoria made earlier than the ICC issued a warrant for his arrest on conflict crimes fees in March.
Ramaphosa even claimed in courtroom papers launched this week that South Africa was risking conflict with Russia if it tried to execute the warrant on Putin ought to he arrive in Johannesburg for the August summit.
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