Ramaphosa: That would amount to a declaration of war

Arresting President Putin would amount to declaring war on Russia, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said in response to the opposition.

In August, political representatives of the BRICS countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will meet in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the organization’s summit will take place.

He received an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The problem is that the International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued an arrest warrant against him. This formally means that the services of South Africa – a state that recognizes the supremacy of the ICC as an international court – must arrest Putin.

Ramaphosa responds to the opposition

Meanwhile, South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has asked the court to detain the Russian president if he arrives in person and to extradite him to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

In response to a rival party’s request, President Ramaphosa wrote that the request was irresponsible and that national security was at stake. “Russia has made it clear. Arresting a sitting president is tantamount to a declaration of war,” Ramaphosa said in a document quoted by AFP on Tuesday.

It is not known whether Putin will go to South Africa

The US news agency Reuters points out that as the host of the BRICS summit, Ramaphosa was in an awkward position because of the arrest warrant issued against Putin by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in March. The court charged the Russian president with the war crime of deporting Ukrainian children to Russia.

The Kremlin has not yet officially confirmed whether Vladimir Putin intends to rise to the top in person. Recently, Ramaphosa briefed Putin on the preparations for the event, but no details were given. The agency, in turn, made no mention of the meeting of the BRICS group. It said leaders discussed the African peace initiative for Ukraine and “the need for a lasting solution to the problem of grain shipments from Russia and Ukraine to international markets”.

Source: Do Rzeczy