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MOSCOW, June 29. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a greeting to the participants and guests of the first civil forum of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in Moscow, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.
In his message, the president notes the role of people’s diplomacy in ensuring mutual understanding between the countries and the search for ways of peaceful settlement of conflicts and crises.
"Your forum opens a new dimension in the BRICS activity by involving the representatives of various non-governmental organizations and civic circles of the five countries in the joint work," the message says.
Putin stresses that the efficient solution to many issues of modern international relations is impossible without an active mobilization of the civil society.
The agenda of the forum is in line with the priorities of the Russian presidency in BRICS and fully reflects the goal towards strengthening mutually beneficial multilateral cooperation in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres, Putin said.
Putin has expressed confidence that during the discussions new ideas and initiatives will be elaborated on boosting the potential of the group of five and strengthening its authority in the global affairs.
The civil summit of BRICS will end on July 1. Its recommendations will be given to the heads of BRICS countries, who will come for the summit in Ufa, in Russia's Volga republic of Bashkiria, on July 9-10.
Russia assumed the rotating BRICS presidency on April 1, 2015.
The BRICS agenda under the Russian presidency includes the goal of making the group a full-fledged tool of strategic and current cooperation on the key issues of global economy and politics. One of the major goals will be the implementation of agreements on creating the group’s own financial institutions, namely the New Development Bank and a pool of reserve currencies.