Sergei Naryshkin. Source: Sergei Kuksin / RG
Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said a new center of the multi-polar world is emerging in Latin America.
"We see in the Latin American region a new factor, an emerging center of a multi-polar world, which plays an increasingly significant and positive role in international affairs every year," Naryshkin said while meeting with Brazilian Vice-President Michel Temer in the State Duma on Sept.15.
He emphasized that Russia appreciates the role of Brazil as a driving force of integration in this large and developing region of the world.
"Cooperation with the countries of Latin America is an important and valuable area of foreign policy to us because we share and have very close views on many current issues," the speaker said. This makes us natural allies, he said.
Speaking about the bilateral relations between Russia and Brazil, Naryshkin said they have always been characterized by "a special degree of confidence and openness, and are strategic in nature."
The State Duma speaker said Moscow appreciates Brazil's position on the unlawful sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the EU on Russia.
"We understand what pressure you experienced and continue to experience in this regard, but you continue to hold such an independent, sovereign and principled position on this matter," Naryshkin said.
Naryshkin said the intensive interaction between the two countries' parliaments promotes the development of relations between them "literally in all areas." He gave special attention to the interaction between the two countries' parliamentarians on various international sites.
"I would like to note the role of Brazilian parliamentarians in the creation and formation of the BRICS parliamentary dimension," Naryshkin said.
He recalled that the creation of such a parliamentary dimension was proposed by Brazilian parliamentarians.
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