I cordially welcome the organisers and participants of the 7th BRICS Legal Forum.
The cooperation between the five countries is becoming more and more diverse, embracing new promising areas for joint work. This success is largely due to our coinciding or very similar approaches and our reliance on international law, as well as on a positive, forward-looking agenda.
Dialogue through the legal communities contributes to the common cause. Such high-level discussions are all the more in demand today because a number of Western states are trying to destroy the international legal architecture formed after World War II, and to impose instead a narrowly selfish and non-inclusive rules-based order.
It is gratifying that this meeting has a full programme, even with remote participation, which covers the widest range of topics that are of concern to lawyers in our countries. I am confident that its results will serve to build up legal cooperation within BRICS, will enable the exchange of useful experience, and will strengthen corporate solidarity.
I wish you fruitful work and all the best.