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Russia supports Venezuela’s application to BRICS

Moscow, May 17 (Prensa Latina) Russia respects Venezuela's candidacy to join the BRICS, but the decision on who will be new members is made jointly by the entire organization, said the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergei Vershinin.

“Our stance towards Venezuela’s position is one of respect, and we consider it from the point of view of the high strategic nature of our bilateral relations,” Vershinin said this Friday in an interview for the Sputnik news agency.

Vershinin recalled that bilateral relations between Russia and Venezuela are in excellent shape, but, evidently, Moscow’s opinion is not the only one, and such decisions are made jointly by all the organization members.

“I note with satisfaction that the BRICS is arousing growing interest in general among the countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Many states follow closely the activities of this alliance and, naturally, show interest in joining it,” the functionary said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated in November 2023 that Russia applauds Venezuela’s interest in joining the group and will support its desire to cooperate with the organization.

Last March, President Nicolás Maduro stated that Venezuela hopes that a decision on its admission will be made at the BRICS summit, which will be held in October in Russia.