Putin looking forward to developing strategic partnerships with BRICS
In the article for the 9th BRICS Summit to be held in Xiamen, China on Sept. 3-5, Putin said he appreciated China's significant contribution as this year's chair of the organization, "which has allowed the BRICS countries as a group to move forward in all key areas of our partnership, including politics, the economy and culture."
The BRICS is the acronym for a group of five emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Originally the first four were grouped as "BRIC" before the inclusion of South Africa in 2010. Since 2009, the BRICS countries have met annually at formal summits.
"It is important that our group's activities are based on the principles of equality, respect for one another's opinions and consensus.Within BRICS, nothing is ever forced on anyone," Putin added, "This open and trust-based atmosphere is conducive to the successful implementation of our tasks".
Putin said Russia stands for closer coordination of the BRICS countries' foreign policies, primarily at the United Nations and Group of 20, as well as other international organizations.
"Only the combined efforts of all countries can help bring about global stability and find solutions to many acute conflicts," he wrote in the article. ■