The hypothetical arrest of Russian leader Vladimir Putin in South Africa on a warrant issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) could be considered a “declaration of war” on the Russian Federation. This opinion was expressed by the President of South Africa Cyril Ramaposa. His words are quoted by TASS.
“It would be a reckless, unconstitutional and illegal exercise of the powers vested in the government to declare war on Russia by arresting President Putin,” the politician said.
Recall that “arrest warrants” for Putin, as well as for children’s ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova, were issued by the International Criminal Court in March of this year. The Kremlin is counting on the fact that the illegal decisions of the International Criminal Court, which is not recognized by Russia, will not be considered by the BRICS partner countries.
Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, said that during the entire period of the ICC’s activity, only a few minor political figures from small countries could be brought to justice, who ended up staying at home. He called this structure “obscure and marginal”.