Vladimir Putin to participate in BRICS Summit to discuss Israel-Palestine conflict
Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin will participate virtually in the BRICS summit on Tuesday, which will focus on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the Kremlin said on Monday.
"On November 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in an extraordinary BRICS summit (online) to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict," the Kremlin said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, the South African government said that President Cyril Ramaphosa, the bloc's 2023 chair, would convene a BRICS Extraordinary Joint Meeting on the Middle East Situation in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
The leaders of the bloc's countries, new member countries, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will participate in the meeting, the government said, adding that participants were expected to adopt a joint statement on the situation in the Gaza Strip at the end of the meeting.
On October 7, Palestinian movement Hamas launched a surprise large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip and breached the border, killing and abducting people in neighbouring Israeli communities.
Israel launched retaliatory strikes and ordered a complete blockade of the Gaza Strip, cutting off supplies of water, food, and fuel.
On October 27, Israel launched a large-scale ground incursion inside the Gaza Strip with the declared goal of eliminating Hamas fighters and rescuing the hostages.
BRICS, established in 2009, is a group uniting the world's largest developing economies, which currently includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
In August, the 15th top-level BRICS summit in Johannesburg extended invitations to Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia to join the bloc. Their full membership is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2024.
(With UNI/Sputnik inputs)