MOSCOW, May 22. /TASS/. BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) for a rather short period of existence has grown into a major factor in the international arena, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at the opening of the BRICS Academic Forum on Friday.
"One of the amazing factors of BRICS is the dynamics of the process," he said. "With fewer than ten years of the establishment, BRICS has become a major influential factor of the international development and of settling global problems."
The deputy foreign minister said BRICS reflects the democratic character of international relations.
"Nobody is imposes anything in BRICS, the organisation does not have strict discipline, which is typical for military-political alliances. Any decision, any result achieve in the format is a combination of sometimes different but thoroughly considered national interests of the member countries."
"Clearly, every member country is exclusive in its history, current dynamics, or tasks in the international arena," he said. "For this reason only, BRICS is a unique union, which, I am sure, has promising future."
The diplomat highlighted the valuable input of the academic community in development of BRICS:
"There cannot be a lack of idea, where we are speaking about a serious process, about a group of countries, which have a clear agenda," he said.