Tehran (IP) - The world is not limited to the collective West. It is much more diverse, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says.

Iran PressEurope: "BRICS does not have a hegemon that forces its interests on the others. The agenda is built based on the interests of all members of the group. The world is not limited to the collective West. It is much more diverse," Zakharova: added.

The term BRIC was coined by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O'Neill in 2001 to describe the startling rise of Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

The BRIC powers had their first summit in 2009 in Russia. South Africa joined in 2010." All BRICS member states have full sovereignty and their own foreign political interests and priorities. Mutual respect and mutual benefit are the foundation for dialogue and development within BRICS," she noted.

Iran and Argentina apply to join the BRICS bloc after the recent summit in Ashgabat.

Former Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in his presser on June 27 that Tehran has applied for BRICS membership.

The diplomat expressed hope that "Iran will be able to contribute to the BRICS' operation and benefit the organisation."

Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez also said at a BRICS+ meeting in Ashgabat that his country wants to become a full member of BRICS.


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