Putin had decided not to participate in the first direct BRICS summit after Kovid-19.


Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the G-9 Summit to be held in New Delhi in person on September 10-20. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov gave this information here on Friday.
"No, the president has no such plans," the official Tass news agency quoted a Kremlin spokesman as saying, adding that the format of Putin's participation would be determined later.

Putin did not personally attend the recently concluded BRICS summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was represented by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

President Putin decided not to attend the first direct BRICS summit since COVID-19 after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant against him in March over an alleged plan to deport Ukrainian children to Russia.

South Africa is a signatory to the ICC. It was feared that he would help get Putin arrested when he arrived.

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