Lavrov: BRICS actively establishes outer circle of like-minded countries
BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will foster cooperation with other integration associations and consolidate positions in international organizations to present a united front, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in the article published in the South African magazine Ubuntu on occasion of the 10th BRICS summit in Johannesburg on July 25-27.
"We welcome the decision of the BRICS Chair to invite to Johannesburg other friends of the five countries from around the world representing authoritative integration associations," the Russian foreign minister noted. "This is the practical implementation of the "BRICS plus" initiative approved by our leaders during the Xiamen Summit," he pointed out. "Thus we expand the global reach of the Group and establish the outer circle of like-minded countries," Lavrov stressed. "In this regard, BRICS has good potential to become a unique platform for linking various integration processes in a flexible way," he is confident.
Russia supports the coordination of the five BRICS countries within major international organizations, Lavrov noted. Consolidation of efforts is a "key to ensuring world stability and a way to settle serious conflicts," he noted. "Russia consistently advocates a greater coordination of the five BRICS countries within major international platforms, such as the UN, G20, WTO, IMF, World Bank, as well as other multilateral organizations and forums," the top diplomat stressed. "When the States of the Group speak up in a strong and unified voice about the core issues of global politics and economy, this voice is heard by other States as well," TASS cited him as saying.
Russia’s top diplomat also noted that BRICS-Africa Partnership launched during South Africa's 2013 BRICS Chairmanship is steadily developing.