Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday referred to as on the leaders of Brazil, India, China and South Africa to cooperate within the face of “selfish actions” from the West, as Moscow is pummelled by Western sanctions over Ukraine.
“Only on the basis of honest and mutually beneficial cooperation can we look for ways out of this crisis situation, which developed in the global economy because of the ill-conceived, selfish actions of certain states,” Putin mentioned in televised remarks on the BRICS leaders digital summit, referring to Western sanctions on Russia.
He mentioned these nations “using financial mechanisms, in fact, shift their own mistakes in macroeconomic policy onto the whole world”.
“We are convinced that now, more than ever, the leadership of BRICS countries is needed to develop a unifying, positive course towards the formation of a truly multipolar system of inter-government relations,” Putin mentioned.
He added that BRICS nations “can count on the support of many Asian, African and Latin American states striving to pursue an independent policy”.
Washington and Brussels have hit Moscow with unprecedented sanctions after Putin despatched troops into pro-Western Ukraine on February 24.
The barrage of crippling sanctions has pushed Putin to hunt new markets and strengthen ties with nations in Africa and Asia.
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