Putin says skipped BRICS summit to avoid ‘political show’

Putin claims to have skipped the BRICS summit in order to avoid a” political show. “

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An arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court is issued for the Russian leader, and South Africa, as an ICC member, would be expected to carry it out if he entered the nation.

Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, was present at the Johannesburg summit.

Why should I cause our friends problems while we’re having fun? At a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club, Putin spoke.

He added that he had” enough to doat home” and that” if I come, a political show will start.”

Putin did not want to” jeopardize” the talks, according to South Africa at the time.

Due to Putin’s decision to send troops to Ukraine last year and the illegal deportation of children to Russia, the ICC issued an arrest warrant in March.

READ: Next year, BRICS will add six new members.

The arrest warrant has been labeled” illegal” by Moscow.

Putin is scheduled to travel to ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan later this month for the first time since the ICC issued an arrest warrant.

Since starting the full-scale offensive against Ukraine in February 2022, he has hardly ever left Russia.

Putin last traveled to neighboring Belarus and Kyrgyzstan after leaving Russia in December of last year.

A crucial step toward joining the ICC was approved by Armenia this week, infuriating Moscow.

After holding a presidential election that could extend Putin’s rule until at least 2030, Russia is scheduled to host the following BRICS summit in Kazan in October 2024.

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