YEKATERINBURG, June 16 (RIA Novosti) - The summit of
the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will continue in
Russia's Urals on Tuesday, to be followed by the first meeting
of BRIC leaders.
Russia, China and four ex-Soviet Central Asian republics
are meeting for the second day of the SCO summit, and will
later be joined by the leaders of observer nations Iran, India,
Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The security alliance, seen as a counterbalance to U.S.
interests in Central Asia, has increasingly been engaged in
joint economic projects.
Russian presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said on Tuesday
that the SCO leaders would pass a series of agreements,
including a declaration to overview the global security
situation and highlight the trend toward a "multi-polar world"
and a greater role for SCO nations in addressing international
The group's meetings will be followed later in the day by
a summit of the world's largest emerging economies - Brazil,
Russia, India and China. They are expected to focus on steps to
tackle the global economic crisis, improve the financial
system, and on food and energy security.