Russia’s Strategies towards BRICS: Problems and Opportunities

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This article aims to examine Moscow’s policy motives regarding BRICS as well as priority areas in Russia’s strategy towards this grouping. The Russian policies towards and within BRICS represent a combination of ideational and material motives. On the one hand, BRICS is important for the Kremlin in terms of status seeking: with the BRICS’ help Russia tries to return its status of a great power, shape the future world order and to make the West abide by the rules of that order. On the other hand, Moscow values its economic and strategic partnerships with the BRICS states which are important for Russia’s well-being and for counter-balancing the West in the global geopolitical and geoeconomic game. In other words, BRICS provides Russia with additional prestige in the international arena as well as greater legitimacy to its international activities. In contrast to the West’s accusations, in case of BRICS Russia’s foreign policy behavior does not fall into the category of the revisionist one. Rather, Russia (similar to other BRICS countries) prefers to act on the basis of existing international rules and norms rather than to challenge or keep them intact. Russia aims at reforming these rules to adapt them to new global realities and make them acceptable for all the members of the world community.

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Aleksandr Anatolievich Sergunin

MGIMO University; St. Petersburg State University

Email: sergunin60@mail.ru
PhD, Dr. of Sc. (Political Science), Professor, Department of World Politics, MGIMO University; Professor, Department of Theory and History of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University Moscow, Russian Federation; Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation

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