Russia, India have “strong and continuing contact”: Jaishankar

8 November, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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S. Jaishankar, the Minister of External Affairs, stated that there are several levels of ongoing and robust communication between Russia and India.

S. Jaishankar, the Minister of External Affairs, stated that there are several levels of ongoing and robust communication between Russia and India.

On Tuesday in Moscow, Jaishankar and Sergey Lavrov discussed a variety of subjects of mutual concern on the bilateral, regional, and global levels.

┬áIn the opening remarks, Jaishankar said, “As you noted, there have been strong and continuing contacts between our governments at various levels. Prime Minister Modi and President Putin met most recently in Samarkand in September. Our Defence Ministers spoke to each other. My colleague National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was in Moscow in August. Our Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers was in Russia in June. And at the official level, I think, our colleagues have been in regular touch. And this is all very much in the spirit of our relationship.”

He further said that this is the fifth meeting between both Foreign Ministers which shows their long-term partnership.

The minister also said that today’s meeting is devoted to bilateral cooperation; exchanging perspectives on the international situation and also interests.

“Where bilateral ties are concerned, you would agree that it is our objective today to fashion a contemporary, balanced, mutually beneficial, sustainable and long-term engagement. Especially as our economic cooperation increases, this is a significant imperative. We would be discussing how our shared goals are best achieved,” he added.

Jaishankar, who arrived in Moscow on Monday, said, “Where the international situation is concerned, the last few years of the Covid pandemic, financial pressures and trade difficulties; these have taken a toll on the global economy. We are now seeing the consequences of the Ukraine conflict on top of that. There are also the more perennial issues of terrorism and climate change, both of which have a disruptive impact on progress and prosperity. Our talks will address the overall global situation and specific regional concerns.”

He also said that India and Russia engage each other in an increasingly multi-polar and re-balanced world.

Meanwhile, Lavrov said, “We coordinate our actions in international organizations such as UNSC where India is now a non-permanent member… all this is enriching our agenda and I’m confident that today we’re going to have a good conversation about all this.”

Since the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine earlier this year, India’s bilateral relations with Russia have come under scrutiny from the West due to an increase in oil imports from Moscow, which is suffering from sanctions. The more than eight-month-long war in Ukraine has had a substantial impact on world food security and caused a sharp rise in petroleum prices.