OREANDA-NEWS. Russian authorities decided to postpone the summits of BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which were planned to be held in July this year in Saint Petersburg, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This was reported by the Kremlin press service on May 27. Representatives of the Russian presidential administration noted that “new dates for the summits will be determined depending on the further development of the epidemiological situation in the association states and in the whole world.”

BRICS group includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was established in 2001. Currently, the SCO member states are China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The SCO observer states are Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia. The status of the SCO dialogue partner has been granted to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey.