24 Apr 2020 18:21

BRICS FMs to hold extraordinary videoconference to address coronavirus on April 28

MOSCOW. April 24 (Interfax) - The foreign ministers of the BRICS association of countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) are planning to hold an extraordinary videoconference next week to exchange opinions on possible joint measures to oppose the coronavirus pandemic, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"At Russia's initiative, the foreign policy chiefs of the BRICS countries will hold an extraordinary conference in a video format under Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's chairmanship on April 28," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on Friday.

The foreign ministers will "focus on aspects of the influence of the crisis prompted by the outbreak of the coronavirus infection on international relations," the statement said.

"The ministers will exchange opinions on possible joint measures the five countries could take to oppose Covid-19 and address the financial, trade-economic, and social effects of the pandemic," the statement said.

"The parties will also consider relevant aspects of the development of a five-sided strategic partnership, including a calendar of events during Russia's presidency of the BRICS this year," it said.