Putin is meeting leaders of the Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) alliance this week.
Putin said Russian trade with BRICS nations rose 38% between January and March despite Western sanctions.
The meeting shows Putin still has friends despite the backlash to his Ukraine invasion.
President Vladimir Putin is meeting this week with a group of prominent world leaders, a reminder that Russia still has powerful allies despite the backlash to its invasion of Ukraine.
Putin is attending a virtual meeting of the BRICS alliance on Thursday, a group made up of Russia, India, China, Brazil, and South Africa founded in 2009.
The leaders released pre-recorded speeches on Wednesday, all which went without criticism of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Neither Brazil, South Africa, nor India mentioned Ukraine by name. Chinese President Xi Jinping said: “The Ukraine crisis has again sounded the alarm for humanity. Countries will surely end up in security hardships if they place blind faith in their positions of strength, expand military alliances, and seek their own safety at the expense of others,” in a veiled reference to the US and NATO.
Putin also announced that the nations had deepened ties at a time when Russia’s economy has been damaged by Western sanctions.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the US, UK, EU, and several other nations sanctioned Russian businesses and entities, with the US and EU banningimports of Russian oil.