United Nations, Sep 25 (Agency) Venezuela hopes to become a member of the BRICS bloc soon, as it sees support for its application from all member states, including Russia, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yvan Gil told Sputnik on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly High-Level Week in New York.”We took part in the BRICS summit in Johannesburg and we are very happy to be [the bloc’s] partner. We, along with 22 other countries, have applied for membership.
We welcome BRICS’s expansion, which it has or will have starting in January, when the presidency will be transferred to Russia. Venezuela is determined to become an official member of the bloc soon. Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa support us decisively, all countries support our candidacy. We have no problems with that and are working on it,” Gil said. He said Venezuela was already working in all BRICS commissions and exchanging information with the members.