Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to curry favor at this week’s BRICS summit in Johannesburg, claiming Russia could fill Ukraine’s role as a grain supplier and calling sanctions on his country for the war in Ukraine “illegitimate.” Moscow came under international criticism in July for pulling out of the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which allowed the safe transport of Ukrainian grain and is credited with staving off a global food crisis. Putin made the comments by video. The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for him, meaning South Africa would have had an obligation to arrest the Russian leader if he visited.