Senior Russian diplomat Sergey Ryabkov says the line to get into BRICS is getting more and more competitive.
According to a report from Tass, a publication owned by the Russian government, Ryabkov says that nearly 20 countries are currently waiting to get into BRICS, the economic coalition currently made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
“The list of candidates for joining the association continues to increase. The number of states seeking to join this association is nearing twenty. It reflects BRICS’ growing and already considerable role in the international arena as an association of countries with similar positions. I would like to stress it.”
According to Ryabkov, who currently serves as Russia’s deputy foreign minister, BRICS has decided that it is a group of nations that don’t follow the “leader-follower” principle, and instead aims to “set a constructive agenda based on consensus.”
“Discussions continue on what could be the criteria for joining BRICS, and South Africa has intensified this work.”
Ryabkov is fluent English speaker who once told U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on behalf of the Russian government that Russia had “no intention of attacking, staging an offensive on or invading Ukraine.”
According to the senior official, entire regions of the world are now “begging” to join BRICS, and discussions on the matter were had at a recent conference in South Africa.
“I can say that, in our view, the Arab world and the Asia-Pacific region have been clearly `begging’ to join BRICS, as they have no representation there today. But we will see exactly what we can offer to the leaders regarding this, and leave this to the leaders to decide at the summit in Johannesburg.”
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