Russia To Take Part In BRICS Summit- Kremlin

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The Kremlin said on Tuesday that Russia would take part at the “proper level” in a planned summit in South Africa of the BRICS nations, responding to a question on whether President Vladimir Putin would attend the gathering.

South Africa, a member of the International Criminal Court, ICC, would theoretically be required to arrest Putin under a warrant issued by the court for his arrest for alleged war crimes.

However, it has invited Putin to the Aug. 22-24 summit of the BRICS grouping of emerging economies, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa.

Russia attaches enormous importance to the development of this format of integration. And Russia will take part in this summit at the proper level,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a regular news briefing.

Pressed on the possibility of the warrant being implemented by South Africa, Peskov said: “Of course we count as a bare minimum on partner countries in such an important format not being guided by such illegal decisions.”

Peskov said further details on the issue would be announced later, without elaborating.

 

 

Reuters/Shakirat Sadiq

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