Venezuela Makes Bid to Join China-Led BRICS – with Support from Russia

by Christian Caruzo, Breitbart:


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomed the interest of Venezuela’s socialist Maduro regime in joining the BRICS anti-Western bloc on Wednesday in remarks given on the sidelines of the group’s foreign ministers’ meeting.

BRICS is a China-led trade and security group originally made up of Russia, China, Brazil, India, and South Africa. The bloc agreed to expand in 2023 and as of January 2024 includes Egypt, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, and Iran. Saudi Arabia is reportedly in the process of finalizing its membership.


Russia currently holds BRICS’ annual rotating chairmanship seat and will host the group’s annual summit in the Russian city of Kazan in late October. The foreign ministers of BRICS member states gathered in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, this week for a two-day ministerial meeting that will conclude on Tuesday.

From left, India’s BRICS Sherpa Dammu Ravi, Egypt’s Foreign Ministers Sameh Shoukry, South Africa’s Foreign Ministers Naledi Pandor, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Brazil’s Foregn Minister Mauro Vieira, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Taye Atske Selassie and Iranian Acting Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani pose for a photo on the sidelines of the meeting of BRICS foreign ministers in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Monday, June 10, 2024. (Roman Yarovitsin/AP)

The BRICS members also invited representatives of Cuba, Belarus, Venezuela, and Turkey, all of whom have expressed interest in applying to join.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yvan Gil participated in the encounter as part of socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to attain “expedited” entry into the BRICS bloc in 2024 and, according to him, to support “the creation of a more equitable and multipolar world.”

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