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BRICS Has a Political Role to Play: Russian Foreign Minister

Aug. 16, 2016 (EIRNS)—Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told TASS that the upcoming BRICS Heads of State Summit (to be held in Goa, India, Oct. 15-16), will elevate the alliance from a largely economic partnership to a political alliance.

“Considering that BRICS represents nations from all developing regions of the world, this is a highly important format to align approaches towards key international problems within its framework,”

Lavrov reported. The proposed broadening was initiated by other BRICS members, not by Russia, Lavrov told TASS. Although no new members will be added at this upcoming summit, Lavrov encouraged “opinion allies” to cooperate with the bloc.