The group of five emerging economies known as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) needs to cooperate more, according to Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

Ryabkov, who serves as Russia’s BRICS sherpa, said: “As for expansion plans, I think we need to continue pursuing the current path, first and foremost, seeking to boost practical cooperation, increase gains from it and specifying activities in many areas, so that our countries and our people can feel… that BRICS’ existence is important in terms of creating new positive elements in the economic, social and scientific development of our countri