BRICS countries said they support talks between Russia and Ukraine in a joint statement published on the Kremlin's website on Thursday.
The BRICS countries include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
“We have discussed the situation in Ukraine and recall our national positions as expressed at the appropriate fora, namely the UN [Security Council] and UN [General Assembly]. We support talks between Russia and Ukraine,” the statement read.
“We have also discussed our concerns over the humanitarian situation in and around Ukraine and expressed our support to efforts of the UN Secretary-General, UN Agencies and ICRC to provide humanitarian assistance in accordance with the basic principles of humanity, neutrality and impartiality established in UN General Assembly resolution 46/182,” they added.
The BRICS summit, hosted virtually by Beijing, marks Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first international forum with other heads of major economies since he launched his invasion in Ukraine back in February.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously indicated he is willing to hold direct talks with Putin.