BRICS summit on Gaza

Leaders of BRICS countries to discuss Gaza at emergency session on November 21

PRETORIA, November 20. /TASS/. Leaders of the BRICS countries will hold an emergency video conference on November 21 to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including the Gaza Strip, the South African president’s office said in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to take part in the conference, according to the statement South Africa now holds the rotating presidency of BRICS.

“Leaders of the BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – will gather [under the South African presidency] for an emergency virtual meeting, inviting the leaders of the [new] BRICS countries – Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates,” the statement said.

Following Ramaphosa’s opening remarks, representatives of BRICS members and invited states “will make statements on behalf of their countries on the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza tomorrow, November 21.” UN Secretary General Antуnio Guterres will attend the meeting. It is planned that the participants of the event will adopt a joint statement.

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Putin to speak at online BRICS summit on Middle East on November 21

MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in an extraordinary online BRICS summit on the escalation of the situation in the Middle East, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.

“On November 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in an extraordinary BRICS summit (in the videoconference format) to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” it said.

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According to the press service of the president of South Africa, the current BRICS’ presidency, the meeting will focus, in particular, on the situation in the Gaza Strip. Along with Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, the association’s new members – Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates – were invited to take part.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres will take part in the meeting, which is expected to yield a joint statement.

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Xi Jinping to attend BRICS extraordinary virtual summit on Palestinian-Israel issue: China

Nov 20, 2023

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the BRICS extraordinary virtual summit on Tuesday on the Hamas-Israel conflict, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced here on Monday. Earlier, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the current chair of the BRICS group, convened a virtual summit of the BRICS group of nations on the Middle East situation in Gaza for Tuesday, the South African Foreign Ministry announced.

At the invitation of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chinese President Xi will attend the BRICS extraordinary virtual summit on the Palestinian-Israel issue and deliver important remarks in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying announced Monday.

President Ramaphosa will deliver opening remarks at the meeting, where members and invited states will also deliver country statements on the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the South African Foreign Ministry announced.

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Ukraine, Palestine, Taiwan. The course to World War and how to stop it

By Dimitris Konstantakopoulos
Oct 28, 2023

If Russia had realised in time the depth and systemic nature of the aggression and intransigence of the Western capitalist-imperialist system, it would have acted more decisively by preventing or helping to suppress the coup d’état organised by the Americans in Kiev in 2014. And if it had chosen to intervene militarily, it would have done so before Ukraine (under the Trump presidency in particular) was armed to its teeth. We would not have had probably the current tragedy in Ukraine, nor would we be running the huge nuclear risks we are running today.

We are in a similar situation today. If democratic humanity exerts all its influence, cutting off all diplomatic and economic relations with Israel and putting pressure by various means on the countries that support it, then it can stop the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people and the further continuation of the western (and Israeli) totalitarian project that is ultimately leading us to world war. If not, it risks being forced to fight the battle in much worse circumstances, on much wider fronts and at much greater cost and risk.

What may still be preventable today may not be possible tomorrow. And if it is still possible to prevent it tomorrow, it will be at enormous cost.

This is not the first time this has happened. If the German Communists had given all their energies to stop Hitler and take power, with or without the Social Democrats, before 1933, the Soviet Communists would not have faced Hitler on the outskirts of Moscow and in Stalingrad. The same would probably have happened if the “western democracies” and the Spanish communists had acted decisively against Franco’s Fascists in Spain during the civil war (1936-39) which was the prologue and general test for World War II.

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