Russian President Vladimir Putin’s possible arrival in SA for the August Brics summit in Johannesburg elicited outrage from opposition parties as the country would be violating its obligations to the International Criminal Court (ICC) after it issued an arrest warrant for war crimes.

However, late on Wednesday the presidency confirmed that Putin would not attend the Brics summit and that Russia will be represented by foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Here’s a brief history of how SA came to be in this position...

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