Argentina has turned down an invitation to join the BRICS Group, signaling a possible foreign policy pivot under the leadership of Javier Milei. The decision suggests a move away from traditional diplomatic stances, with Milei's administration likely seeking alternative economic alliances aligned with its pro-free-market principles.
“We won’t go into the BRICS,” Diana Mondino, Milei’s pick for Foreign Affairs Minister, wrote on the platform X Thursday.
Argentina was one of the last countries that had yet to decide on joining the BRICS bloc after its founding nations decided to expand in August. The presidential election in the South American country ultimately dictated Argentina’s future with BRICS.
During a media interaction in Buenos Aires, Mondino, a notable figure, expressed reservations about the perceived value of the BRICS group. Noteworthy is the economic backdrop where Argentina counts Brazil and China among its top commercial partners.
The Foreign Affairs Minister asked if there was going to be any difference seeing that it already has members of the BRICS bloc as the country’s primary trading partners.
“If the BRICS are already our primary trading partners, what’s the difference?” she says.
While the latest development is being hinged on an existing relationship between Argentina and a few BRICS member countries, it is worth noting that Milei who will officially assume office as the President of the nation on December 10, is a core supporter of the United States.
As a libertarian and an admirer of the former president of the United States Donald Trump, he has the vision to align Argentina’s interests with those of the U.S.
A major shift in the nation's policies is confirmed by the most recent decision to withdraw from the BRICS. Argentina has decided to abandon its efforts to fortify rising country blocs such as BRICS.
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