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2023 BRICS Summit in Johannesburg
The 15th BRICS summit will take place from August 22-24 in Johannesburg, South Africa, which assumed the rotating BRICS presidency in January 2023.

Russian President Putin Will Not Attend BRICS Summit in Johannesburg: South Africa's Presidency

© Sputnik . Mikhail Metzel / Go to the mediabankRussian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the XIV BRICS summit in virtual format via a video call, in Moscow region, Russia, on June 23, 2022.
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the XIV BRICS summit in virtual format via a video call, in Moscow region, Russia, on June 23, 2022. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 19.07.2023
Putin is the target of an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant - a provision that Pretoria, as the ICC member, is obliged to fulfill if he were present at the BRICS summit. Earlier, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly wrote in court papers that the arrest of Putin is tantamount to a declaration of war against Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be at the BRICS summit in South Africa following a joint decision being reached, the Office of the President of South Africa has said.
The presidency added that Russia will be represented at the summit by its Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

"The Summit will be attended by the leaders of Brazil, India, China and South Africa. By mutual agreement, President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation will not attend the Summit but the Russian Federation will be represented by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov," the office said in a statement.

A day earlier, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote in court papers that Moscow had signaled that arresting President Putin would be a "declaration of war."
However, on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied the allegations, saying that such a topic was not mentioned.
"No. It was not mentioned [at talks between Russia and South Africa]. No one let anyone understand anything. In this world, it is absolutely clear to everyone what an attempt to encroach on the head of the Russian state means. Therefore, there is no need to explain anything to anyone here," Peskov told reporters.
South Africa's neutral position between Russia and the West, as Ramaphosa emphasized in May, has been the cause of "extraordinary pressure" on Pretoria in an attempt to get it to choose sides.
In particular, US Ambassador to South Africa Reuben Brigety said in May that Pretoria was allegedly supplying weapons to the Russian army, allegations denied by both Moscow and South Africa. Brigety backtracked and admitted that he had crossed the line two days later.
On March 17, the ICC in the Hague served an arrest warrant on Putin and the Presidential Commissioner for Children's Rights Maria Lvova-Belova over the alleged illegal transfer of children from the war zone in Ukraine to Russia.
In this handout photo provided by Photo host Agency RIA Novosti, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pose for a photo prior to their talks after a meeting with a delegation of African leaders and senior officials in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 17, 2023. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 18.07.2023
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The Kremlin said that Russia was not a party to the ICC and that the alleged crime did not take place since the Russian authorities were rescuing children from Ukrainian shelling and taking them out of the combat zone to safer areas.
Peskov said that the ICC's questioning of the Russian president's arrest is unacceptable and any of its decisions are "null and void" from a legal point of view, as Moscow does not recognize the ICC's jurisdiction.