Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the BRICS group to take “a more proactive leadership role in the UN”, speaking at the plenary session of the 11th BRICS summit in Brasilia on Thursday.

“We need to more actively and constantly engage in promoting a positive international agenda, uniting like-minded people around us to solve global and regional problem,” said the Russian leader.

He went on to encourage the BRICS countries to prepare a joint statement dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the creation of the UN, which will be marked in 2020.

Putin also pointed out the priorities for the Russian presidency of BRICS, which starts in 2022. He said that Russia wants to continue on the same path as during the Brazilian presidency and to ensure “the continuity in the implementation of those initiatives that were agreed on in recent years.”

During the two-day event, which runs under the theme 'BRICS: Economic Growth for an Innovative Future', the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are to discuss the current state and prospects of cooperation within the organisation, including issues related to economic, financial and cultural cooperation.

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