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Lavrov says BRICS aims for just, multipolar world order

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov argues that the “collective West’s” efforts to maintain its dominance have backfired, prompting the global “world majority” to reject the exploitative resource model of the “golden billion.” Lavrov’s stance was outlined in a South African Ubuntu magazine article before the BRICS summit in Johannesburg this week.

Lavrov highlights the unfolding of a fairer multipolar global order, underscoring the significance of Tuesday’s upcoming South African summit.

He called BRICS a “symbol of true multipolarity” for many like-minded countries around the globe, which serves as a “positive force that can strengthen the solidarity of the Global South and Global East and become one of the pillars of a new, more just polycentric world order.”

“The international community is tired of the blackmail and pressure from the Western elites and their colonial and racist manners,” Lavrov wrote. “That is why, for example, not only Russia but several other countries are consistently reducing their dependence on the US dollar, switching to alternative payment systems and national currency settlements.”

Russia has “consistently stood for strengthening the position of the African continent in a multipolar world order,” according to Lavrov, who promised that Moscow “will further support our African friends in their aspirations to play an increasingly significant role in resolving the key problems of our time.”

Russia values South Africa’s Chairmanship endeavours, particularly the enhanced work to strengthen BRICS mechanisms and foster deeper dialogue with other nations, as emphasized by the minister.

The Johannesburg summit, led by the top Russian diplomat and President Vladimir Putin participating through video link, will centre on vital priorities like enhancing the BRICS bank, refining payment mechanisms, and boosting the role of national currencies in bilateral settlements.

Meanwhile, Lavrov highlights that the BRICS partnership is gaining momentum with innovative food, energy security, global economic growth, and conflict resolution initiatives. However, the group intends not to replace current international mechanisms or become a new “collective hegemon.” The expansion process is symbolic, especially during South Africa’s Chairmanship, a nation that joined BRICS through consensus-based politics.

Scheduled for August 22-24 in Johannesburg, the BRICS summit led by South Africa’s presidency will focus on discussing the organization’s expansion, as indicated by Minister Naledi Pandor. Over 60 countries have been invited for discussions, showcasing the summit’s inclusive diplomatic approach.

BRICS representing around 40% of the global population, is projected to contribute approximately 31.5% of the world’s GDP (at purchasing power parity) in 2023, surpassing the G7’s share of 30%, according to Lavrov, citing expert forecasts.

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