RESULTS OF THE YEAR OF RUSSIA'S CHAIRMANSHIP IN BRICS DISCUSSED IN NEW DELHI

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The capital of India hosted a “round-table” discussion “BRICS. Modern Challenges and Development Strategies”, dedicated to the results of the year of Russia's chairmanship in BRICS. The event was organized by the Representation of Rossotrudnichestvo in India in conjunction with the BRICS International Forum and with the support of the Russian Embassy in India.

Due to the current difficult epidemiological situation, the “round-table” was held at the RCSC using the ZOOM program with the simultaneous broadcast on Facebook. The event was attended by prominent Russian and Indian political and public figures, diplomats, leaders and activists of partner NGOs, youth organizations, students and teachers of Indian universities, as well as journalists.

The main participants in the panel discussion were: H.E. Mr Nikolay Kudashev Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in India, Mr Ashok Sajjanhar President, Institute of Global Studies, former Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia, Mr Vishnu Prakash Former Ambassador & Spokesperson at MEA Ministry of External Affairs Govt. of India, Mr Fedor Rozovskiy Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in New Delhi, Mr Gustavo Westmann Head of Trade and Investment Department, Embassy of Brazil, Ms Tatyana Seliverstova Head of International Department Agency for Youth Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ms Yulia Afanaseva CEO at Centre for Socio-Cultural Initiatives, Mr Andrey Chetokin Chairman, GEOROST AGRO, Ms Liudmila Sekacheva President, Regional Public Organization “BRICS - The World of Traditions”, Mr Abhishek Mishra BJP Youth Leader and others.

H.E. Ambassador Kudashev noted that the BRICS has repeatedly demonstrated a high degree of relevance in complementing the efforts of the international community in many areas, be it the reform of global governance or the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. During the year of the Russian chairmanship, more than 150 events took place, including 25 ministerial-level meetings, continued high-level dialogue on foreign policy and security issues within the framework of 70 sectoral partnership mechanisms, and work to promote mutually beneficial and pragmatic cooperation.

"In the global dimension, our efforts were aimed at promoting a just and equitable multipolar world order. Our consistent support for the central role of the UN and international law is the main reason that our global and regional approaches are similar or coincide", - added H.E. Mr Kudashev.

In his speech, Mr Ashok Sajjanhar addressed his attention to the history of the creation of BRICS, noting that the organization had successfully passed the test of strength and steadfastly endured the global crises of the past 10 years. He highly appreciated the work done by Russia under the chairmanship of the BRICS, especially given the difficult international situation in context of which our country had to carry out its patronage of the organization this year. The former Ambassador also paid special attention to the urgent need to reform the existing multilateral international institutions, due to the inconsistency of their structures and functions with contemporary global challenges.

Addressing the participants of the “round-table”, Mr Fedor Rozovskiy highlighted in detail the dynamics of the development of cooperation between the BRICS countries in the cultural and humanitarian sphere in 2020. He noted that, despite the restrictions associated with the pandemic, activities in the field of culture, education, sports, art, cinematography, youth and scientific cooperation continued almost without interruption. “We can proudly say that, despite the current difficult international situation and the challenges it poses to the entire world community, cultural and humanitarian cooperation between the BRICS countries remains dynamic and active”, - said Mr Rozovskiy.

The event aroused great interest among the Indian public and the media and collected over 1000 views on the RCSC's official Facebook page.

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