Putin will not attend BRICS summit in South Africa, to participate via video call

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in South Africa’s BRICS summit in August via a video call, the state RIA news agency said on Wednesday, citing the Kremlin.

South Africa said earlier on Wednesday that Putin had agreed not to attend in person “by mutual agreement.”

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South Africa faced a dilemma in hosting the summit because, as a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC), it would theoretically be required to arrest Putin for alleged war crimes if he were to attend.

The ICC has issued an arrest warrant for Putin.

The leaders of Brazil, India, China and South Africa will attend the summit, the presidency said.

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