South African government is taking legal advice on how to handle the recent ICC arrest warrant for Russian President, Vladimir Putin, in the event that he attends the BRICS summit in August.
The arrest warrant for Putin was issued on March 18 by ICC due to war crimes related to the alleged abduction of children from Ukraine. So since South Africa has signed to the Rome Statute that established the court, it may be obliged to execute the arrest order.
“We are awaiting a refreshed legal opinion on the matter.
We are concerned about the situation of the people of Ukraine. What we would want to do is be in a position where we could continue to engage with both countries to persuade them towards peace.”Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, told the SABC on Friday.
Ever since the Russia-Ukraine war began, South Africa adopted a neutral stance on the matter which has drawn criticism from some of the nation’s biggest trading partners, including European Union and the US, as well as with some of the country’s biggest banks.
According to two officials at the foreign ministry, South Africa is unlikely to arrest any visiting head of state. The ANC led government are considering all options in an effort to avoid executing the warrant.
The Kremlin has yet to decide on whether President Putin will travel to SA for the upcoming BRICS summit in August, Interfax reported, citing spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
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