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BRICS Goa Declaration Reflects Many Political Issues Important for Russia

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Moscow is satisfied with the 8th BRICS summit outcome, Deputy Foreign Minister and Russia's BRICS Sherpa Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik on Monday.

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GOA (Sputnik) – Moscow is satisfied with the 8th BRICS summit outcome, as the final declaration reflects many political issues important for Russia, Deputy Foreign Minister and Russia's BRICS Sherpa Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik on Monday.

"Goa documents [Goa declaration and action plan on its implementation] reflect many political topics important for us, including the peaceful usage of space," Ryabkov said.

In Goa declaration, leaders welcomed the recent decision by the UN Committee’s on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space working group to set guidelines for long-term sustainability of outer space by 2018.

"Moreover, for the first time the declaration clearly set forth the support for the Russian initiative to work out an international convention to prohibit chemical and biological terrorism. It has never been mentioned before," Ryabkov said.

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He added that Russia was also satisfied with the mentioning of unacceptability of unilateral sanctions.

"These wordings are new. We used to have more standardized texts  [declarations] before. Now they are much more focused on specifics and what we want to implement," Ryabkov said.

The eighth annual BRICS event took place in India’s Goa on October 15 – 16, and was attended by leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, who discussed a plan for cooperation in the near future as well as a wide range of political, economic and security issues.

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