Russia postpones BRICS and SCO Summits in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic

As a result of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, the 12th BRICS Summit and the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has been postponed by Russia, the Chair for the 2019-2020 term.

The official statement released on May 27 read, “Given the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions, the Organizing Committee responsible for making preparations for and handling Russia’s 2019-2020 Chairmanship of the SCO and its 2020 BRICS Chairmanship has decided to postpone the BRICS Summit and the meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg on July 21-23.”

The statement added that the new dates for the summits will be set “depending on the epidemiological situation in member countries and the world”.

The grand Red Square military parade of Russia that was originally scheduled for May 9 and designed to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War-II, has now been scheduled for June 24.

The postponement of the summits came after the announcement of the new date of the Red Square military parade.

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