Russian President Vladimir Putin: In the midst of the 17-month-long war between Russia and Ukraine, the fear has once again been strengthened that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be arrested. It is believed that he can be arrested on the tour of South Africa. In this matter, the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa himself issued a warning. Said that if this happens it will be a declaration of war against Moscow, it is a question of national security for us. In fact, Putin has been invited to an international meeting in Johannesburg.
Russian intelligence sources say that as soon as Vladimir Putin leaves Russian soil, he could be arrested as an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) would apply to him. South Africa is a signatory to the ICC but has not previously undertaken such an obligation. The country allowed safe passage in 2015 to Omar al-Bashir, the then president of Sudan, who is wanted for war crimes.
Opposition reaches court for Putin’s arrest
Vladimir Putin has been invited to South Africa for the BRICS summit in August. In such a situation, the apprehension of Putin’s arrest has become stronger. South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has turned to court for trying to pressure authorities to arrest Vladimir Putin.
We are in danger of Putin’s arrest
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the court that such a move means national security is at risk. “South Africa has clear problems executing a request to arrest and surrender President Putin. Russia has made it clear that Putin’s arrest would be considered a declaration of war,” he said in an affidavit. It will not be in our interest to raise.” Cyril Ramaphosa also said in his affidavit that he is consulting the leaders of each BRICS country on the issue.
Last month, the South African president met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and then Vladimir Putin in Kiev, along with several African leaders, to discuss ways to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.