Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s participation in the 1st Meeting of BRICS Sherpas/Sous-Sherpas as part of the Russian BRICS Chairmanship in 2020
On February 11, the 1st Meeting of BRICS Sherpas/Sous-Sherpas during the Russian BRICS Chairmanship in 2020 presided by Deputy Foreign Minister, Russia’s Sherpa for BRICS Sergey Ryabkov opened in St Petersburg.
Priorities of the Russian BRICS Chairmanship in 2020 under the motto BRICS Strategic Partnership for Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth will be presented at the meeting. The participants will discuss topical issues related to the five-sided cooperation and further strengthening of the BRICS comprehensive cooperation mechanisms as well as the schedule of BRICS events in 2020.
Ahead of the event, Russia’s Sherpa for BRICS had a traditional meeting with journalists and held a short briefing on the agenda of the BRICS countries’ joint work in 2020. Sergey Ryabkov noted that the gathering was taking place during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China. All the BRICS countries expressed their solidarity and supported the Chinese government’s consolidated efforts to fight the epidemic. President of Russia Vladimir Putin sent a message to President of China Xi Jinping conveying his condolences and words of support to everyone whose families are in mourning and wishing a speedy recovery to everyone who is ill. The BRICS countries are ready to closely cooperate with China.
Sergey Ryabkov will have bilateral contacts with the heads of the BRICS delegations on the sidelines of the Meeting of BRICS Sherpas/Sous-Sherpas.