Moscow Says BRICS Enlargement High on Upcoming Summit’s Agenda

The issue of BRICS enlargement is a very important issue and is high on the agenda at the upcoming summit in South Africa on August 22-24, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Noting the nuances among BRICS members – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – when it comes to enlargement, Peskov says the mere interest among other countries testifies to the great potential and the growing authority of the bloc which seeks to offset the perceived US-led Western hegemony in global affairs.

South Africa’s BRICS ambassador, Anil Sooklal, said last month that more than 40 nations, including Argentina, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and UAE, had expressed interest in joining the grouping, 22 of which have formally approached BRICS countries to become full members.

Sooklal said that BRICS is seen as a powerful force, which has now overtaken the G-7 and accounts for 31.7% of global GDP, measured by purchasing power parity.

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