Russia Unifies BRICS, Its Role to Become Stronger in Future; Expert

Russia Unifies BRICS, Its Role to Become Stronger in Future; Expert

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Russia, being one of the founding countries of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), is acting as a unifying force in the organization and its role will be strengthened in the future, an Australian expert on international affairs said.

BRICS countries have certain differences of opinion but strong ties with Russia unite them, Gregory Clark stated.

"Countries focus on what unites them rather than what divides them, in the case of China and India, it is their relationship with Russia," he said, noting that in the future, "the role of Russia as a BRICS’ focus will become stronger."

The expert is convinced that BRICS may become "a new United Nations. If it accepted all the nations that formally (23) and informally (about the same number) want to join, this should be possible."

Given "a strong secretariat," "it could easily replace the Group of Seven and Group of 20. The former discredits itself by its openly political pro-US role. The latter is disorganized and impotent," Clark stressed noting that the diplomatic abilities of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov allow for BRICS to develop in that direction.

The analyst also noted that now is the time for BRICS countries to "think big."

According to him, the desire of 23 countries to join the union "is something that should be considered seriously.

It is the most important factor deciding BRICS’ future." Clark also sees the role of the New Development Bank as "crucial to avoid the smothering effect of US sanctions." "If it could hasten the move to a gold or resources backed currency it would be very successful," he asserted. 

The BRICS group’s annual summit is held in Johannesburg on August 22-24. According to South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor, the BRICS leaders will discuss the issue of the organization's expansion at the summit.

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