Lavrov leaves for Yekaterinburg today for BRIC,RIC triagular meeting

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Moscow, May 13 (UNI) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will leave today for the Ural's city of Yekarerinburg to participate in the four-way ministerial meeting of BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China), and triangular meeting of RIC (Russia, India and China) on May 14-16.

The Foreign Ministers of BRIC will exclusively hold their meeting for the first time in Yekaterinburg, on May 16, with economic cooperation among them high on the agenda.

The Foreign Ministers of RIC will meet to exchange views on the progress of the interaction between the three countries, in the three-way format, since the meeting in Harbin (China) last October.

''Those present at the meeting are to review the implementation of the accords to strengthen the practical potential of the tripartite format,'' the acting spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Boris Malakhov told Itar-Tass news agency today.

''The accords were reached at the previous meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the three countries in Harbin on October 24, 2007. The Foreign Ministers are to exchange views on topical international and regional matters of mutual concern,'' Mr Malakhov said.

''The meeting of the Foreign Ministers in the BRIC format is to be held in Yekaterinburg on May 16 at which special attention is to be devoted to a discussion of tendencies of current importance in the global economy and finances, energy security and energy effectiveness,'' he said.

''The agenda also includes items concerning the promotion of international development, and cooperation on climate change problems,'' Mr Malakhov added.

He said Russia regarded BRIC as a promising mechanism for dialogue, making it possible through a free exchange of views to bring position on the most important items on the international agenda closer together.

''The establishment of such a format has been prompted by the objective reality: as of now BRIC unites the major economic growth centres with more than a half of the world's population, the role of which in international affairs will grow,'' he pointed out.

''Russia is interested in cooperation among BRIC countries becoming an appreciable factor in multilateral diplomacy and making a tangible contribution to the strengthening of the emergent multipolarity and promoting the establishment of informal mechanisms for collective leadership of the leading countries of the world,'' he said.

''All the four countries are participants in the traditional G-8 dialogue with the five leading developing countries,'' he added.

''The dialogue between our countries in the four-sided format develops successfully,'' he noted.

The Foreign Ministers of BRIC have met two times earlier in 2006 and in 2007 in New York on the sidelines of annual sessions of the United Nations General Assembly.

The present meeting in Yekaterinburg is to be held, for the first time, outside the context of activities within the UN framework.

''An understanding has been reached that a joint communique will be adopted as a result of the meeting to reflect the four countries' common approaches to matters of current importance concerning world development and international security,'' Mr Malakhov said.

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