Russia can consider help for individual countries: Kremlin

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Russia is available to consider requests for financial assistance from individual countries, a Kremlin source told AFP on Tuesday, after Brazil said top emerging economies would discuss possible aid to the European Union.

"We study requests of individual countries if we receive them. Not within the framework of BRICS" though, a high-ranking Kremlin source said.

BRICS is the grouping of top emerging economies that besides Russia includes Brazil, India, China -- and the most recent addition South Africa.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not provide further details.

Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega said earlier in the day the BRICS countries would discuss possible aid to the European Union to help it confront its debt crisis during a meeting scheduled for September 22.

© 2011 AFP

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