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Russian President Putin To Take Part In Virtual BRICS Summit On Gaza

Delegates attend the plenary session as Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his remarks virtually during the 2023 BRICS Summit at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on August 23, 2023. (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / POOL / AFP)

According to the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin will participate in a virtual meeting of the BRICS group of nations on Tuesday to discuss the Israel-Hamas conflict.

The summit will be presided over by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in the intention of formulating a coordinated response to the six-week violence.

“On November 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin will participate in an extraordinary BRICS summit (via videoconference) to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” the Kremlin said, without providing further details.

In addition to Russia, the BRICS group includes Brazil, India, China and South Africa.

South Africa said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres would also participate in the virtual meeting, which would conclude with a joint statement.

Russia has historically had tight ties with both Israel and the Palestinians, and Putin has stated that Russia might serve as a mediator.

He has criticized the West for allegedly inflaming tensions in the region, as well as Israel’s role in the crisis.

The summit comes only days after APEC leaders, including China and the US, failed to reach an agreement on a coordinated response to the war.

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