Sept. 12, 2020
-- The BRICS summit, which was to be held in St. Petersburg in July, is scheduled to take place in Russia in the autumn. This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov.
"We will determine the dates [of the Summit] later based on the epidemiological situation," he said at a news conference following an online meeting of the BRICS Foreign Ministers Council September 4, which, under the Russian chairmanship, became the second such meeting this year: the first was devoted to the tasks of mobilizing efforts to effectively prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.
According to Sergey Lavrov, the ministers discussed a wide range of international issues and key items on the agenda of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly as well as practical cooperation among the five member states, and have adopted a detailed and appropriate final communiqué that reaffirms the BRICS' commitment to the principles of multilateralism and reliance on international law.
"In this year of the 75th anniversary of Victory in World War II, we noted the importance of preserving the historical memory of this tragedy's lessons in order to avoid repeating it in the future. We unanimously condemned any and all manifestations of Nazism, racism and xenophobia. The corresponding resolution that is adopted annually by the UN General Assembly is traditionally supported by all BRICS countries. We agreed to strengthen and promote our strategic partnership in all key areas of BRICS activities, such as politics and security, the economy and finance, and cultural ties," the Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed.
"We are grateful to our friends for supporting Russia's chairmanship of the Five under rather difficult circumstances, when direct international communication, face-to-face communication, has, in fact, been put on hold. Nevertheless, using modern technology, we have managed to carry out most of the planned activities. We have had over 50 activities and as many will take place before the end of the year. We have every reason to believe (our partners also mentioned this today) that all of the Russian chairmanship's plans with regard to the BRICS activities will be fulfilled," he added.
Answering journalists' questions about the results of the work done this year, Sergey Lavrov said that he considers it critically important to have reached an agreement on a number of issues.