BRICS Countries Will Be at Heart of New World Order, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Says

© AP Photo / Pavel GolovkinChina's President Xi Jinping, left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, second from left, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, center, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second from right, and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa leave after a meeting with members of the Business Council and management of the New Development Bank during the BRICS emerging economies at the Itamaraty palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.
China's President Xi Jinping, left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, second from left, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, center, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, second from right, and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa leave after a meeting with members of the Business Council and management of the New Development Bank during the BRICS emerging economies at the Itamaraty palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.03.2022
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Since the West has declared a hybrid war against Russia, Moscow has to search for opportunities in other regions, the diplomat said.
The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) will be at the heart of a new world order, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said.
"In all respects ... these countries will become the basis of a new world order," the deputy foreign minister told RT when asked whether the BRICS countries would take a more important role in the world.

Russia is working to establish contacts with any country that is interested in cooperation, he said.

"There is no news here about our stable and long-standing policy of establishing a comprehensive static partnership with China, this is just another step," he said, commenting on the recent meeting of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, 23 March 2022, China - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.03.2022
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Commenting on President Putin's decision to switch to ruble payments for gas contracts with 'unfriendly' countries, Ryabkov said that Russia is not changing the terms of the contracts but is protecting its interests.
"We are not modifying [the terms of] contracts, we are protecting our interests from a tsunami, a wave of totally irresponsible sanctions that just hit the foundations of international trade and the international system," Ryabkov told RT.
The fact that countries in the West quit contracts with Russia in several spheres "just within a night" is shameful, Ryabkov said.
Flames from a gas burner on a cooker are seen February 1, 2017 in this illustration photo taken in a private home in Nice, France.  Picture taken February 1, 2017 - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.03.2022
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Russia has always been a reliable supplier and intends to continue gas deliveries to Europe; however, the interests of Moscow should be taken into consideration as well, he added. The diplomat hopes that European countries will revise their decision not to pay for gas in rubles and will find a creative approach to the issue.
According to the diplomat, Russia will draw its own conclusions from the racist Russophobia that has been unfolding in the West recently. These anti-Russian sentiments are not related to the situation in Ukraine, the West simply hates Russia, Ryabkov said.
"...They do not believe that there is place for Russia's independent policy and Russia's independent position on global political arena which we are going to protect," the official added.
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