Russian President Vladimir Putin called on leaders of emerging markets and economies i.e. BRICS countries to present a united opposition front against protectionism and new barriers in global trade.
Putin also asked BRICS countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to show leadership on issues of regional and global importance, including counter terrorism.
“BRICS countries will continue to act in a consolidated manner against protectionism and new barriers in global trade. We value the BRICS countries’ consensus on this issue, which allows us to more consistently advocate the foundations of an open, equal and mutually beneficial multilateral trade system and to strengthen the role of the WTO as the key regulator in international trade.”Putin said indicating that BRICS will move towards new horizons of strategic partnership.
As Chinese President Xi Jinping will chair 9th BRICS Xiamen Summit in China’s southeastern coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian Province from Sept. 3 to 5,Putin said that Moscow stands for strengthening the BRICS countries’ partnership and to promote democracy and to strengthen the international relations based firmly on international law”.
Putin said,”All countries can help bring about global stability and find solutions to many acute conflicts, including those in the Middle East. However, the fight against terrorists in Syria and other countries and regions must continue. Russia calls for going over from debates to the practical creation of a broad counter terrorism front based on international law and led by the UN.”