BRICS Summit in Beijing: Putin calls on partners to work together

Status: 06/23/2022 17:20

Brazil, India, China and South Africa do not believe in sanctions against their BRICS partner Russia. And so the summit of the five was used to sharply criticize the West – especially by Putin and Si Jinping.

Von Ruth Kirchner, ARD-Studio Beijing

Five BRICS countries should “take responsibility” and work for “equality and justice” in the world, said state and party leaders Xi Jinping. Unilateral sanctions must be opposed.

Ruth Kirchner

Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing Western sanctions, called on the BRICS to work more closely together. He accused the West of selfishness and accused Western states of fueling global economic crises.

Warning against military alliances

Yesterday, the head of the Chinese state indirectly sharply criticized NATO and the G7 countries: the war in Ukraine was a “awakening,” Si Jinping said at the forum that preceded the summit. He warned against the expansion of military alliances and – literally – the pursuit of “own security at the expense of the security of other countries.” He described the US and EU sanctions on Russia as a “boomerang” and a “double-edged sword.”

Rejection of Western sanctions

Other BRICS countries also reject sanctions against Moscow. China, Russia, Brazil, South Africa and India account for more than 40 percent of the world’s population and nearly a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product.

For several days now, the Chinese state media has been trying to convey the image of a closed group of states that present themselves as an alternative to the “West”. However, the political influence of the BRICS is rather small. However, since the start of the Ukrainian war, India and China have been buying significantly more oil from Russia – and are benefiting from lower prices due to sanctions.

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Ruth Kirchner, ARD Beijing, 23/06/2022 · 16:33 Uhr

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