Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Tuesday (21/11), said that the BRICS group of developing countries could help provide a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The remarks came at a televised BRICS summit, where Putin again blamed failed US diplomacy for the crisis in the Middle East.
“We call for joint efforts of the international community aimed at de-escalating the situation, (reaching) a ceasefire and finding a political solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. And BRICS countries and countries in the region can play a leading role in this effort.”
However, Putin did not explain how such an effort might be organized.
Russian and Western policy experts say Putin is trying to exploit the Gaza crisis to find allies by courting developing countries.
The call for a ceasefire was also echoed by BRICS chairman, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“As South Africa, we first call for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire,” Ramaphosa said. “We believe that BRICS has an important role and voice in broad international efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace.”
BRICS itself consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
In August, the group agreed to expand by adding Saudi Arabia, Iran, Ethiopia, Egypt, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates, in a move to accelerate its efforts to overhaul the Western-dominated world order, which it sees as outdated. (rd/fw)