BRICS Summit 2017: After Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin Now Drags India Into Matters Related To North Korea

The ninth BRICS Summit in Xiamen is right around the corner and as something of a precursor to the meeting of the leaders of India, Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa, an op-ed by President Vladimir Putin was published in the Friday edition of The Times of India.

Putin, it may be recalled, is no stranger to op-eds, having famously authored one in The New York Times on 11 September, 2013 when the freeze in US-Russia relations (over Syria and Ukraine) was beginning to set in. It’s besides the point that he didn’t actually write the whole thing himself, but the piece tore into American policy on Syria and the notion of American Exceptionalism espoused by then-president Barack Obama and several of his predecessors.

Friday’s piece titled ‘BRICS: Towards new horizons of strategic partnership’, was nowhere near as scathing. But then, it didn’t need to be. After all, this op-ed appeared in the pages of a newspaper published in a friendly country and largely served as a preview of the sorts of topics that are likely to come up in Xiamen. In a lot of ways, it closely resembled a joint statement issued at the end of a summit, with the usual boilerplate language (with the exception of the sign-off that read ‘I wholeheartedly wish health and success to Times of India readers and to all people in the BRICS countries’). The themes explored ranging from economic cooperation to collaborating on energy and an alignment of foreign policy at multilateral fora, largely stuck to the BRICS agenda. Read More…

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