BRICS member countries will bolster political collaboration but they are not going to create a military-political alliance, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
"I would like to stress that we do not have any plans to form a BRICS military and political alliance," he said in an interview with a Russian state news agency ahead of the BRICS summit in Brazil.
"Certainly, the BRICS countries intend to strengthen the political element of our cooperation. That is why we will develop the practice of mutual consultations... In the long term, we will create a virtual BRICS secretariat," he said.
"Another long-term common interest of the association's members is strengthening the rule of international law and the UN's leading role in the international system," Putin stated.
"To be honest, without Russia's and China's principled position on Syria in the Security Council the events in that country would have followed the Libyan and Iraqi scenario," he indicated.
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