BRICS plus meeting advocates a multi-polar order
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke via videoconference at a meeting in the BRICS plus format with the leaders of a number of invited states.
The Russian leader stressed the importance of the countries participating in the meeting establishing a truly democratic multipolar order based on the principles of equality, justice and respect for each other.
"We consider useful the BRICS Plus meetings, which bring together leaders of states interested in building a mutually beneficial partnership with our association, based on proximity of views on pressing global political and economic problems, as well as on ways to solve them," Putin said.
The President noted that Russia is a responsible participant of the global food market and is ready to actively develop cooperation with the bloc's countries and those willing to become part of it.
"We are certainly ready to continue fulfilling in good faith all our contractual obligations to supply agricultural goods, fertilisers, energy and other critical products," he said.
Putin mentioned that Russia continues to provide humanitarian aid to many countries in need.
"Russian food was recently donated to Lebanon, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Sudan and some other countries," the president said.
According to the Russian president, expanding BRICS' cooperation with regional groupings such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the African Union, the Caribbean Community, the Council of Arab States of the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean Coastal Cooperation Association is now in high demand.
"Only on a collective basis can and should many serious issues on the global agenda be addressed," Putin summarised.