Russia to promote creating parliamentary dimension within BRICS — Duma speaker

Russia will raise an issue of creating a parliamentary dimension within BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in the framework of Russia’s presidency in the association in 2016, Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said on Friday at a roundtable on Russian-Indian cooperation in the framework of BRICS.

Russia will raise an issue of creating a parliamentary dimension within BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in the framework of Russia’s presidency in the association in 2016, Russian State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin said on Friday at a roundtable on Russian-Indian cooperation in the framework of BRICS.

"In the framework of Russia’s presidency [in BRICS in 2016], we want to promote the parliamentary dimension of BRICS. We extensively and openly discussed it with our colleagues from both chambers of the Indian parliament," Naryshkin stressed.

"A number of events will be organized in this context, including a parliamentary forum which is planned to be held in Moscow at the beginning of June. We will discuss the role of parliamentarians in the development of BRICS," the speaker noted.

Naryshkin started his official visit to India on Thursday. According to Duma’s Department for Public Relations and Mass Media, Naryshkin will meet with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian parliament) Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Indian Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari. Naryshkin will also participate in the third session of the Russian-Indian parliamentary commission.

State Duma’s International Affairs Committee chairman Alexey Pushkov, who is part of the Russian delegation, told journalists that cooperation in the framework of BRICS has intensified lately. The institute of RIC (Russia, India and China) has also been actively developing, Pushkov said. "It is logical to add the parliamentary dimension to it, as in the framework of BRICS, India, as well as Russia, speaks for restructuring the global financial system, for reforming international institutes, including, in the future, reforming the UN Security Council," Pushkov added.

"Inter-parliamentary dialogue in the conditions of such close cooperation on strategic issues is quite appropriate," he said. "We will establish and develop the inter-parliamentary direction in the framework of multi-party BRICS format, as well as RIC format," Pushkov noted.

First published by TASS.

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