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MOSCOW, June 9. /TASS/. The emergence of the BRICS group of countries was an unprecedented event in international affairs and some countries found it scaring, but this association is destined to last, Brazil’s suspended president, Dilma Rousseff, said in an interview to be published in tomorrow’s edition of the Russian government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta.
"The creation of BRICS was an event of unprecedented significance in world affairs. The emergence of BRICS and the G20 group was a peak from the standpoint of multilateral processes and of building a multipolar world," Rousseff said. "I should say that the creation of BRICS really scared some countries, and we know that. Thinking that this quintet will fall apart or disappear would be tantamount to making a strategic and unforgivable geopolitical mistake."
Each of the BRICS states currently experiences economic problems stemming from the West-induced crisis, she believes.
"But we will overcome that crisis to get even stronger than we were in the past. Our alliance rests upon the idea of strategic nature of these relations. It is an inter-continental union," Rousseff said.
She believes that those who are trying to take power in Brazil lacked such an understanding of the world system.
"I believe that in their perception of the world they are stalled back in the 1980s or even 1970s," she said.
On May 12, the Federal Senate (upper house of parliament) supported the procedure of Rousseff’s impeachment. As a result she was temporarily suspended, while Vice-President Michel Temer took over to perform the duties of the head of state. Within a deadline of 180 days the senators are to study the charges brought against Rousseff.
BRICS is an informal group of five countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.