Press Statement following Signing of BRIC Summit Declaration
PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV
Today we continue the dialogue between the BRIC countries that we began with our summit last year in Yekaterinburg.
I agree with my colleagues in that we held very interesting and productive talks that reaffirmed the fact that we are
developing our relations in all different areas. I also want to thank our hosts, with President of Brazil Lula da Silva
at their head, for their hospitality and for the tremendous work that went into organizing this summit. The Brazilian
President said just now that we are all tired, but I think that we were in good spirits as we made the decisions just
taken, and I think these decisions are in keeping with our true objectives.
I also want to thank my colleagues, President of China Hu Jintao and Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh, for
their productive work, and I express my admiration for the big organizational effort that our teams put into preparing
Russia is interested in developing the BRIC countries’ cooperation so as to help resolve a whole range of complex
issues before us, including what were probably the biggest issues on our agenda today, namely, working together on
overcoming the global financial crisis, strengthening international financial institutions, and building a fairer and
more democratic international system in general. The joint declaration that we adopted reflects in full our common
approach to these most complex issues on the international agenda.
We agreed to continue discussing these matters, at expert level among our respective countries’ representatives,
through dialogue at the ministerial level, and at the top level, through talks between our countries’ leaders.
We discussed ways in which we can respond to other global challenges facing humanity today, including international
terrorism, fighting organized crime and preventing drugs trafficking. I think the issues we discussed here reflect in
full measure the range of problems facing our countries today. The BRIC format is indeed becoming a full-fledged
platform giving us the opportunity to coordinate our efforts and make concrete decisions, including the decisions that
were just approved here with the conclusion of the agreement that the heads of our development banks just signed.
I am sure we will continue these kinds of contacts, and continue to coordinate our work in the interests of our
peoples, and I am confident that the decisions this summit has produced will be successfully carried out.
Once more, I thank my colleagues for their productive and committed participation.