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Sergey Ryabkov gave exclusive interview on BRICS for Security Index journal

08.07.2015

MOSCOW, JULY 8, 2015. PIR PRESS – “We made no secret that we see potential for BRICS to gradually transform into a full-fledged interstate structure with all the attributes, including the legal standing. However, it will not happen in the short run. We have to accumulate experience and improve the results first. Results are more important than theoretical schemes” – Sergey Ryabkov Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.

On July 8-10, 2015, the VII BRICS Summit takes place in Ufa, the Russian Federation. At the Summit, leaders of Russia, Brazil, China, India, and the South Africa are to discuss the issues of reforming the international monetary and financial system, further development of multilateral financing cooperation through the BRICS, and promotion of solutions to the most pressing international political issues.

Russia's BRICS Sherpa, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov gave an interview to the Editor-in-Chief of the Security Index journal Olga Mostinskaya and Director of PIR Center Albert Zulkharneev. The Deputy Minister spoke on the new agenda for BRICS under the Russian presidency; regional issues; outer space security and use of ICT; BRICS development strategy; and possible institutionalization of the BRICS.

Regarding the possible institutionalization of BRICS, Sergey Ryabkov emphasized, “We made no secret that we see potential for BRICS to gradually transform into a full-fledged interstate structure with all the attributes, including the legal standing. However, it will not happen in the short run. We have to accumulate experience and improve the results first. Results are more important than theoretical schemes”.

Enlargement of the BRICS is not on the agenda of Ufa summit. Sergey Ryabkov noted, “we are not planning to reorganize BRICS. The membership issue is hardly going to be on top of the agenda in the three-year horizon. In my opinion, the structure will remain the same – five-sided, we do not want to accelerate the process artificially. We want BRICS to express its potential in spheres where there is a real need of work, negotiations and cooperation among five of us”.

BRICS agenda for 2015-2016 is defined by the Concept of the Russian Federation’s Presidency in BRICS in 2015-2016. According to Sergey Ryabkov, “new spheres of cooperation within BRICS will be added to the agenda, namely, one which is important for all the member-states – mining. Every member-state has special interest in this field. I see good perspectives in different sectors from hydrocarbons to metals, and rare earth elements. There is also ecology, land reclamation, many other aspects. Every member-state has both positive and negative experience in this field.

The full text of Sergey Ryabkov’s interview is available on PIR Center’s website (in Russian).

For questions concerning the PIR Center Project “Shaping Russia’s Agenda for BRICS”, please contact the Project Coordinator, Andrey Baklitskiy by telephone +7 (495) 987 19 15 or by email at baklitsky at pircenter.org

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