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It appears that Argentina’s President-elect Javier Milei, or whoever is imparting orders to him, has decided that joining the BRICS might not be such a bad idea after all. Recall that he had adamantly rejected membership in the group, saying that Argentina had no reason to associate with those member nations. Now, just a month away from the Jan. 1, 2024 date on which Argentina is to officially join, unnamed foreign policy experts and diplomats are recommending that Milei’s new government take advantage of this opportunity to join and he is said to be analyzing it along with his future Foreign Minister Diana Mondino. This is in line with Milei taking a more moderate stance toward China, Brazil and Russia than when he first began his presidential campaign.

Argentina’s TN news agency reported Nov. 27 that a group of foreign policy experts advising Milei and Mondino “are seriously analyzing” the possibility of Argentina joining the BRICS, although with a “low intensity participation.” They have told Milei and Mondino that “Argentina isn’t in any position to reject belonging to new spaces; the more places in which we can be present the better.”

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