Moscow, May 28 : The summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the BRICS Group, which was expected to be held in Russia in July, will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kremlin said in a statement. In view of the COVID pandemic and related sanctions, the organising committee responsible for preparing and handling Russia's SCO and it's 2020 BRICS chairpersons for Russia's 2019-2020 chairmanship, postponed the meeting of the BRICS summit.
''The State of Heads is scheduled to place in St Petersburg on July 21–23,'' the statement said here on Wednesday. According to the Kremlin press service, "new dates for the summits will be set depending on the epidemiological situation in member countries and the world", TASS reported. BRICS is made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, established in 2001, brings together China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia are SCO observers, while Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey are dialogue partners. (UNI)