Dubai: An Iranian official announced on Monday that Iran has submitted an application to join the BRICS group of developing nations.
According to a spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Iran’s inclusion in the BRICS alliance—which also consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—”would result in increased value for both parties.”
Argentina had also submitted a membership application, according to Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Officials from Argentina could not be immediately reached for comment.
Alberto Fernandez, President of Argentina, who is presently travelling through Europe, has recently restated his country’s intention to join the BRICS.
Argentina and Iran applied to join the BRICS while the White House was considering what else to ban or ruin in the world.
Russia has long been pushing to forge closer ties with Asia, South America and the Middle East, but it has intensified its efforts recently to weather sanctions imposed by Europe, the United States and other countries over its invasion of Ukraine.
On Monday, the United States and other Western nations declared full support for Ukraine after the death of 28 civilians due to a Russian attack; a missile strike also took place in a crowded shopping mall.
Russia says that it is not targeting civilians in what it calls a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists. Kyiv and its close western allies say the war is a motiveless act of hostility.