Putin is meeting leaders of Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa (BRICS) alliance

He is showing Russia still has friends despite the Ukraine invasion

Putin is attending a virtual meeting of the BRICS alliance on Thursday

BRICS is a group made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa founded in 2009

Putin said Russian trade with BRICS nations jumped 38% between Jan and March

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Neither Brazil, South Africa, nor India mentioned Ukraine by name

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China and India had been rushing to snap up Russian oil at low prices

Putin also called them "politically motivated"

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