The Russian Security Council Secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, said at the annual meeting of representatives of the security of BRICS member states that the Western countries are removing barriers for the penetration of Western capital into Ukraine under the pretext of providing financial assistance to Kiev.
The BRICS countries have issued a joint communique in which they called for the territorial integrity of Syria and confirmed the need for a peaceful resolution of the conflict by the Syrians themselves.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia and China were speaking against improper use of information and communication technologies. The minister reminded that the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping, had visited Moscow not long ago and signed an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in information security, TASS reports.Russia and China cooperate within the framework of SCO, CSTO and BRICS. Lavrov said that countries should treat each other equally in order to cooperate in information security successfully.
The experts interviewed by Vestnik Kavkaza disagreed on today's proposal by Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov to review Russia's participation in various international organizations. The Minister stressed that the government should leave the "most important in terms of the political and economic component of the foreign policy organizations."
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned that Moscow will not be admitted back to the G7 until the Ukrainian crisis is settled. Responding to the diplomat, the Spokesman of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, noted that the organization was pointless without Russia, China and India. He added that the developments in Ukraine had unmasked the international diplomacy, the system of international relations and the international law.
According to a survey conducted by the Levada Center, Russians believe that, over his years in power, Putin has managed to return a respected status as a great power (49%) to Russia, to stabilize the situation in the North Caucasus (34%) and to keep the country from disintegration (33%).
Russian President Vladimir Putin has attended an urgent session of the FSB board. In a speech, the president urged FSB authorities to prevent attempts at infiltration of ISIS militants into Russia. He noted that citizens of CIS countries were being trained in hotspots on the territory of Syria and other countries and may be used against Russia or neighbouring states.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a memorandum of cooperation to be signed between BRICS countries in the fields of science, technology and innovation. The main purposes of this memorandum, as reported by Tass, include "the formation of a strategic framework for cooperation in the fields of science, technology and innovation between the member-states of BRICS." The Ministry of Education is instructed to sign the memorandum on behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation.
CounterPunch has released an article accusing the U.S. of global warmongering to protect the national currency. The article says that the U.S. needs to use all possible means, including war, to protect the dollar's status. Russia and China proposed the idea of forming a neutral currency called Special Drawing Rights, an IMF imitation, the authors of the article point out. So far, the BRICS states have not adopted any currency analogical to the dollar. The idea of making the yuan the regional currency of Asia and the Eurasian Economic Union remains an unrealized fantasy, despite its popularization, RIA Novosti cites CounterPunch.
The Russian President's Special Representative at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Bahtier Khakimov, said that the BRICS summit will be held in Ufa on 8-10 July, and the SCO summit are scheduled for July 10. "The dates are already known: BRICS summit will be held on July 8-10, the SCO summit will be held on July 10 in Ufa.
Russia welcomes Iran, India and Pakistan joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev said. He recalled that, along with India, Pakistan and Iran that have applied for full membership of the SCO, several states are trying to get the status of observers and dialogue partners. Applications for observer status were filed by Syria, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Bangladesh.
Sergei Katyrin, the head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russia, speaks about the prospects of Russian business development within SCO and BRICS and other aspects of international cooperation.