Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva plans to personally attend the BRICS summit in South Africa, the press service of the head of the Latin American state reported.
Earlier, a source in the Indian government told that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would not participate in person at the BRICS summit due to the decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin not to attend the summit. Reuters reported on August 2, citing sources, that Narendra Modi is likely to attend the summit virtually.
“President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is due to visit South Africa to attend the BRICS summit, which will be held in Johannesburg on August 22-24,” the spokesman said, answering the question whether Lula da Silva plans to personally attend the summit or will participate via video call.
Earlier, the office of the President of South Africa said that the leaders of China, India, Brazil and South Africa would attend the BRICS summit, Russia would be represented by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that President Vladimir Putin decided to participate in the BRICS summit in the format of videoconferencing – this will be a full-fledged participation.