The first working meeting of the BRICS Summit is underway in Ufa. President Vladimir Putin has delivered the opening remarks to summit participants.
Vladimir Putin: Ladies and gentlemen, friends, good afternoon one more time.
It is a pleasure to welcome all my colleagues and friends at another BRICS Summit. Today we are going to discuss the entire range of issues dealing with interaction within our association, coordinate and make new important decisions designed to further raise the authority of our organisation and its influence on the political and economic processes.
Russia attaches great significance to the success of this summit and we tried to do everything to make our joint work substantive and fruitful, beneficial for the development of our economies and citizens.
Friends, I now give you the floor to make your brief statements.