China offers South Africa help to bolster security for BRICS summit after arrest warrant issued against Putin

Updated: Jun 9 2023 8:35PM

By K J M Varma

Beijing, Jun 9 (PTI) China on Friday said it is ready to work with South Africa to bolster the security for the BRICS summit in August in light of the arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

BRICS is an international grouping comprising China, India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa.

The 15th BRICS summit is set to take place in Johannesburg in August this year. The possible attendance of Putin – who is the subject of a war crimes arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) – has put South Africa’s handling of the warrant and summit security under the spotlight.