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Russia Is Open to Türkiye’s Request To Join the BRICS

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan stated on June 4 that “Certainly, we would like to become a member of BRICS. So we’ll see how it goes this year.” According to an account in Sputnik, Fidan spoke at an event at the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) in Beijing.

Asked about this, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “we all obviously welcome the increased interest towards BRICS from our neighbors, including such important partners as Türkiye. Obviously, the issue of this interest will be on the agenda of the BRICS summit, which will be chaired by Russia and which we are actively preparing for,” he said. TASS reported that Peskov added that it won’t be possible to fully satisfy the interest of all countries who want to join. “However, BRICS is interested in maintaining contacts with all interested states, with various formats of remaining in touch being devised now for doing that. This is a lengthy process. But we welcome such a lively interest,” he stressed.

TASS reported: “Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said earlier that Ankara would like to join BRICS, adding that the issue would be discussed at the group’s ministerial meeting in Nizhny Novgorod. Some European countries are against Türkiye joining the EU, so the country’s authorities are considering BRICS as an alternative integration platform, he noted. Nizhny Novgorod will host a meeting of BRICS foreign ministers on June 10-11.”