According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the Turkish candidacy will be evaluated at the bloc’s next meeting

Russia expressed, this Tuesday (June 4, 2024), its support for Turkey’s interest in joining the BRICS. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced that the Turkish candidacy will be discussed at the next meeting of the group, which already includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Ethiopia, Iran, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

Turkey’s intention to move closer to BRICS was highlighted by Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan’s visit to Beijing, the highest visit by a Turkish official to China since 2012.

According to the agency Reuters, Fidan met with Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Minister, and other officials, demonstrating Turkey’s interest in strengthening ties with the bloc. At an event at the Center for China and Globalization, Fidan expressed Turkey’s desire for membership. “We would like to, of course, why not?”.

He also indicated that he will attend a BRICS meeting next week in Russia, as reported by the state news agency Anadolu.

It is not yet clear whether Turkey will take formal steps to join BRICS. As a member of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), Turkey has been criticized by its Western allies because of its ties with Russia. However, Ankara rejected the allegations, reaffirming its commitment to the alliance and its goal of full membership of the European Union.


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