New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) On Russia’s initiative, the heads of the foreign affairs ministries of the BRICS countries will hold a special meeting via video conference to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on international relations next week.
The Russian embassy in New Delhi said the meeting will be held on April 28 under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. Russia presides over the BRICS this year.
The official statement said the ministers will exchange views on the possible combined measures the group of five countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — can take to counter COVID-19 and overcome the financial, trade, economic and social consequences of the pandemic. The five big economies will also discuss issues related to the inter-strategic partnership.
Earlier, due to the measures taken by the Russian government to control the spread of the coronavirus infection and the restrictions on official trips abroad imposed by several Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and BRICS countries, it was decided to postpone the SCO and BRICS events planned for the second part of March and April 2020.