Putin will be replaced by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov due to his status as a fugitive before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
South Africa itself is one of the countries that signed the Rome Statute, the founding foundation of the International Criminal Court.
The obligation to arrest Putin also posed a dilemma for Cyril Ramaphosa's government.
On Wednesday (07/19/2023) Cyril Ramaphosa's presidential office confirmed that Putin had agreed not to attend.
This announcement comes after Ramaphosa spoke to the Russian leader over the past few days.
The Ramaphosa government itself issued an invitation to all BRICS leaders before the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Putin in March 2023.
The BRICS are an economic bloc made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Earlier, Ramaphosa had objected to the ICC being forced to arrest Putin.
He called Putin's arrest a declaration of war on Russia.
“Russia has made it clear that the arrest of the incumbent president will be seen as a declaration of war,” Ramaphosa said.
Jokowi will participate in the BRICS countries
Luhut was seen on Instagram @luhut.padjaitan on Wednesday (07.12.2023) at a meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who discussed preparations for the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit.
“This meeting is an important step in preparing for President @jokowi's attendance at the BRICS summit, which will be held in the third week of August,” Luhut said.
As is known, the BRICS Summit will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 22-24, 2023.