Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Deputy foreign minister (2005-2011)
The 9th BRICS summit in Xiamen, China has emphasized the proximity of member states’ positions on current global problems, demonstrating that over the last 10 years, BRICS has grown into a full-fledged international mechanism for global cooperation. The main outcomes of the summit are reflected in the final Declaration, which outlines the common goals of ensuring equal multilateralism of political and economic affairs, and global security on the basis of international law, and the principles of the UN Charter. It also condemns military interventions and unilateral sanctions that violate international law.
The leaders of the BRICS countries are united in their assessments of the situations in the Middle East and Africa, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq. Russian efforts to provide a sustainable solution for the Syrian crisis were welcomed. As for the situation regarding North Korea, the leaders unanimously expressed their commitment to resolve the Korean Peninsula crisis through diplomatic means, including by launching direct negotiations between the parties involved.
The discussions at the summit also demonstrated the growth of the diverse and mutually beneficial cooperation between the BRICS countries, which contributes to a more equitable and democratic world order.