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MOSCOW, April 28. /TASS/. The BRICS group of countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is playing a positive role in "forming a fair world order," speaker of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, Sergei Naryshkin, said on Tuesday.
At a meeting with ambassadors of the BRICS countries, Naryshkin reminded that Russia was holding presidency in the group this year. Russia highly appreciates "this format of cooperation between our countries," he said. "We see the positive role the BRICS group is playing in the development of relations between our countries and in the formation of a fair world order."
He said the meeting’s aim was to coordinate efforts ahead of the BRICS’ first parliamentary forum due to be held in Moscow on June 7 to 8. "One of the most important areas of activities is inter-parliamentary cooperation and forming a parliamentary cooperation format within the BRICS group," Naryshkin said, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin "supports this initiative."
"Parliaments are already playing a certain role within this association by ratifying BRICS agreements," the State Duma speaker noted. Thus, in his words, the State Duma had recently ratified two important BRICS-related agreements - those on the BRICS Development Bank and on a pool of BRICS currency reserves.
He reminded that Russia would hand over presidency in the BRICS to India. "I hope the experience of the BRICS’ first parliamentary meeting will be helpful for our Indian colleagues," he said.
"We are confident such parliamentary cooperation within the BRICS will help strengthen partnership and cooperation between our countries and the group in general," Naryshkin underscored.