Erdogan asked the BRICS members to accept Turkey in the group

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin during a joint photograph with the BRICS leaders and heads of delegations invited Nations in Johannesburg. July 27, 2018. Archival photoErdogan asked the BRICS members to accept Turkey in the group© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged the participating countries BRICS to allow Turkey to join the organization. He stated this during a press conference at the summit group, held in South Africa.

«I said if you accept our Alliance, the block will be called BRIXT» Erdogan said, noting that BRICS members are «warmly welcomed» the proposal.

«We the five countries included in the G20, I wish they had taken the necessary steps to receive us, and we took its place in the BRICS», said the President of Turkey.

At the moment, the BRICS consists of five countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The first summit of the Association was held in June 2009 when South Africa had not yet come into BRICS.

«With kondachka not solved»

This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the expansion of BRICS is not planned yet, but he did not exclude that in the future the organization will be new members.

According to him, many countries expressed their desire to join BRICS, but the leaders of the participating countries approach this issue with caution. As Putin said, BRICS should carefully consider this aspect.

«The formats that have developed, demonstrate their efficiency», noted the Russian President, stressing that this does not mean that BRICS is closed to new members.

«Just this question, as we people say, with kondachka not solved, you need to work», said Putin.

Areas of work

During a press conference after the BRICS summit held in South Africa, the Russian President also highlighted the main directions of work of Association: countering the terrorist threat and the coordination of the activities of the participating countries in the political and economic aspects.

According to Putin, the main themes of the summit were the defence of multilateralism, and opposition to unilateral approaches in world politics and the use of the advantages of the fourth digital industrial revolution.

The Russian President also noted that BRICS have made great progress since its inception. In his opinion, along with the increase in the number of participants, the Association acquired the characteristic features of the organization and the common interests of the BRICS countries have become more extensive.

The BRICS summit was held from 26 to 27 July in Johannesburg South Africa. During the meeting, the leaders of participating countries signed the Johannesburg Declaration on the results of ten years of work of the organization.