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Ramaphosa to decide on Putin visit



Ramaphosa will decide on Putin's visit

President Cyril Ramaphosa will decide on Putin’s visit to South Africa, after which analysts expect him to announce his decision. His judgement is critical. The ICC has sent out an arrest warrant for Putin on charges of alleged war crimes in Ukraine, as per IOL.

Previously, Ramaphosa had appointed a panel to investigate the US ambassador’s claims concerning a Russian ship in the Western Cape carrying weapons and ammunition. The terms of reference for the inquiry, which covers national security and classified information, will not be publicly available. The Democratic Alliance has applied the Promotion of Access to Information Act to access the panel’s terms of reference. It plans to challenge Ramaphosa’s intention to conceal the report once completed.

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Ramaphosa stated that the issue of Putin’s attendance at the BRICS summit is being thoroughly discussed in light of the ICC’s arrest warrant. He emphasised South Africa’s non-aligned stance in global affairs during official talks with Portuguese President Marcelo de Sousa, highlighting the importance of negotiation and dialogue in resolving conflicts. Ramaphosa expressed South Africa’s advocacy for rules-based multilateralism as the foundation for addressing common challenges, drawing from the country’s experience transitioning to democracy.

As the situation unfolds, the decision on Putin’s visit to the BRICS summit rests in the hands of President Ramaphosa, who is carefully considering the matter before making an announcement.


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Picture: Facebook / Cyril Ramaphosa

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