2-day Brics meeting begins in Russia, Turkish President to attend

by | Jun 10, 2024

A two-day meeting of foreign ministers from the BRICS bloc of emerging economies began on Monday in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. This meeting is the first since the bloc expanded its membership from five to nine countries in January, with Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates joining as new members.

 

An additional 15 countries, including Turkey, were also invited to participate in the expanded format of the meeting. The session, chaired by Russia, commenced with a minute of silence to honor Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who tragically died in a helicopter crash in Iran's East Azerbaijan province last month.

“Recent international events have taken off the masks of those [the West] who until now had verbally claimed almost the exclusive right to define so-called universal values under the guise of a rules-based order,”  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov explained.

Arguing that proponents of this idea are attempting to impose norms and mechanisms that serve their own interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the US and its allies are striving to maintain their dominance and hinder the emergence of a multipolar world.

He explained that they weaponize economic tools through sanctions and financial blackmail, aiming to influence sovereign states' development models and choice of trading partners.

He also noted that significant efforts are underway to implement decisions from last year's BRICS summit in Johannesburg, with a particular focus on creating a platform for transactions in national currencies.

During the meeting, discussions from Turkey will center on both regional and international issues, with a focus on recent developments in Gaza, Ukraine, Syria, Libya, and the South Caucasus. According to sources, Fidan will emphasize Turkey's desire for a peaceful resolution to ongoing conflicts in its region and express readiness to provide support in achieving this goal.

Economic and trade cooperation will also feature prominently on the agenda, with a focus on efforts to increase mutual investments and achieve the $100 billion trade volume target set by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During the visit, Fidan is expected to hold meetings with Turkish business representatives operating in Russia.

 

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