Belarus Sends Brazil Note of Intent to Join BRICS

On July 6, 2023, Belarus sent a letter of intent to join the BRICS group, which is made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, to Brazil, per a statement published by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

“On July 6, Belarusian Ambassador to Brazil Sergey Lukashevich held a meeting with Brazilian Deputy Foreign Minister Maria Luisa Escorel de Moraes who is in charge of cooperation with Belarus. A note confirming Belarus’ intent to join BRICS was handed over to Brazil at the meeting,” the statement highlighted.

The Belarusian diplomat and the Brazilian deputy foreign minister talked about ways to bolster cooperation as part of multilateral diplomacy. The two diplomats stressed the two countries’ willingness to increase trade and economic connections.

Belarus’s willingness to join BRICS has been an ongoing development. Back towards the end of January, Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergey Aleinik stated that Russia had expressed its desire to support Belarus’ efforts to potentially join BRICS.

In the post-Cold War era, Belarus has maintained interesting relations with Russia and the West. In fact, for some time, Belarus played Russia and the West against each other, to the Belarusian state’s benefit. However, with how universalist the US’s foreign policy has become, Belarus, an authoritarian country in its own right, has been compelled to gravitate towards its large, nuclear-armed neighbor in Russia. 

This relationship will only strengthen over time as the West tries to harass Belarus and regime change it, while also continuing to isolate Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Belarus’ future, at this point, lies with the Eurasian geopolitical axis. 

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