According to the Russian diplomat, over a dozen states have expressed interest in joining the group of emerging economies, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Lavrov said, "interest in this global partnership is quite high and continues to grow." Since "applications have already been officially submitted," the bloc's member states "have agreed to negotiate the criteria and principles of reviewing these applications," the Foreign Minister said.
"We expect, of course, that the negotiations on criteria and principles will not take too long. We must first understand how this association will develop in its potential expanded membership."
Lavrov: At least 12 countries are interested in BRICS membership
The BRICS global organization enjoys increasing authority on the world stage - at least 12 countries are interested in membership, announced the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov. pic.twitter.com/0g76nOWmFM