Brazilian and Russian foreign ministers met this Friday (June 2) in South Africa for a BRICS meeting

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mauro Vieira, met his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, this Friday (May 2, 2023), in Cape Town (South Africa) for a bilateral meeting.

Upon reviewing the Russian minister, the Brazilian chancellor said that “I missed you”. The meeting took place at the Twelve Apostles Hotel, where the chancellors of the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) met.

The 2 had last seen each other in Brazil, on April 17. On the occasion, Lavrov invited Vieira and President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) to officially visit Russia. “We are working to identify dates that are convenient for both parties in the future”, said the Brazilian chancellor. The request was made by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Putin outside the dome of Brics

The Russian leader may not attend the next BRICS summit, which will be held in South Africa in August. Speaking to journalists on Thursday (June 1, 2023), the African Foreign Minister, Naledi Pandor, said that her country is evaluating options if he attends, according to the agency. Reuters.

In March, the ICC (International Criminal Court) in The Hague issued an arrest warrant against Putin for war crimes committed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February 2022.

By following the jurisdiction of the Court, the African country could have to comply with the arrest warrant if Putin appears.

“The answer is that the president [Cyril Ramaphosa] will indicate what the final position of South Africa is. At the moment, an invitation has been extended to all heads of state [dos Brics]said Pandor.

Putin was invited to attend the summit in January. So far, the Russian president has not officially confirmed his presence. On Tuesday (May 30), the Kremlin said that Russia will participate in the meeting at “adequate level”.

On Monday (May 29), the South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued an order to grant diplomatic immunity to summit members in the country, which may allow the Russian president to attend.


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