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BRICS Working to Boost Payments in National Currencies as Dollar Unreliable: Lavrov

© Sputnik / Sergey Guneev / Go to the mediabankRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov  - Sputnik India, 1920, 24.01.2023
MBABANE (Sputnik) - BRICS countries are actively working on increasing payments in national currencies in mutual trade and financial operations due to the unreliability of the dollar, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.
"The share of national currencies in settlements between the BRICS countries is already rapidly growing. The BRICS countries have initiatives that address the need to work on the creation of their own currency, " Lavrov said following his talks with Eswatini Foreign Minister Thuli Dladla.

"The reason is very simple: we cannot rely on mechanisms which are in the hands of those who can cheat at any time and refuse to fulfill their obligations," Russia's FM explained.

In June, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the BRICS Business Forum that the five major emerging economies within the group (Russia, China, Brazil, India and South Africa) should establish an international reserve system based on the basket of BRICS currencies. Although it may take years for the group to create the monetary system, the final result is likely to be an equilibrium between the competing Western dollar system and BRICS currency basket.
Rupee coins laying on one hundred rupee banknote - Sputnik India, 1920, 09.01.2023
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BRICS is an informal association of the world's major developing economies, which was formed in 2006 to enhance cooperation between these nations and adopt common approach to global economic challenges.