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“Until BRICS transforms from a club, a platform, into a formalized organization, disagreements between its participants, in particular between India and China, do not pose a risk of cropping up and blocking the organization’s work. All areas in which such disagreements might crop up inevitably filter themselves out and the list of priorities is preserved,” – Vladimir Orlov, PIR Center President.


“Those who oppose BRICS say that some BRICS countries approach Africa like new colonizers.  This is absolutely not true, and Russia is a striking example of this. Russia never had any colonies. Russia was here, in southern Africa, with us, even back when we were fighting for our rights, and unselfishly supported us,” – Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.


«In the era of globalization of the world economy, the distance is a question of the second order. The economic and financial power is the primary issue. The world now pays attention to BRICS; BRICS is the wave of the future», - Vadim Lukov, Ambassador-at-Large, Deputy Representative of the President of Russia in the G8, Ministry Coordinator for G20 and BRICS affairs.


“For both Russia and India international terrorism has never been an abstract theoretical concept. Long before the 9/11 tragedy our countries tried to draw attention to this problem, we were showing the international nature of the terrorist threat, whether it be fighting militants in Chechnya or in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir”, – PIR Center's president Vladimir Orlov.


“Russia's plans include expanding cooperation with states of South America in peaceful development of nuclear energy. In this context, Russia has already signed agreements or in the process of establishing dialogue with Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. On the eve of the 2010 NPT Review Conference it would be also an important task for Russia to strengthen dialogue on the most urgent nuclear nonproliferation agenda issues with Brazil, its partner within BRIC group,” – PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov.