Putin says Moscow 'fully supports' Türkiye's interest in joining BRICS

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting on Tuesday with Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan and expressed Moscow's full support for Türkiye's interest in joining the BRICS bloc.

"We welcome Türkiye's interest in the work of BRICS," Putin told Fidan during the closed-door talks on June 11, after Fidan attended the BRICS+ foreign ministers meeting.

"Undoubtedly, we will fully support this aspiration and desire to be together with the countries of this union, to be closer, and to solve common problems," Putin added.

Putin emphasized the importance of fostering deeper and more dense engagement among the BRICS countries, particularly within their respective regions. He stated that this is necessary in order to effectively coordinate their actions on the global stage, with a focus on enhancing both security and economic cooperation.

Fidan, earlier on June 11, held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, which covered bilateral and regional relations, with a particular focus on the latest situation in Gaza, Turkish diplomatic sources said.

In addition, Fidan and Lavrov also addressed "economic matters significant to Türkiye," according to the sources.

The top diplomats' meeting took place at a BRICS summit held in western Russia's Nizhny Novgorod.

At the summit, Fidan addressed a session focusing on the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

The minister advocated for greater cooperation and diplomacy over conflict in international relations, highlighting Türkiye's commitment to its relationship with the BRICS.

The session has extended invitations to 15 countries, including Türkiye, Belarus, Cuba, and Venezuela, in addition to its member states.

The group, originally formed in 2006 as "BRIC" by...

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