Russian International Minister To Go to India At The Earliest: International Secretary

Sergey Lavrov accepted the invitation prolonged on behalf of S Jaishankar: Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Moscow: International Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has stated that Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov has accepted the invitation to go to India as a part of the high-level exchanges deliberate between the 2 international locations this 12 months.

In a video assertion on the finish of his two-day official go to to Moscow, Mr Shringla stated he had intensive exchanges with Russian leaders on bilateral points in addition to issues of regional and worldwide curiosity, together with arms management and counterterrorism, that can preserve the momentum of pleasant relations between the 2 international locations going.

Mr Shringla was on an official go to to Moscow from February 17-18 for the India-Russia International Workplace Consultations. It was his first overseas journey this 12 months.

“I had a really productive and fruitful keep in Moscow. I’ve had an intensive vary of conferences, actions. It has given me a really complete view of the connection however extra importantly it has enabled us to attach at a variety of points that contain maintaining the momentum of our shut and pleasant bilateral relations going,” he stated in a video tweeted by the Indian Embassy.

He stated that Russain International Minister Lavrov accepted the invitation prolonged on behalf of Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for him to go to India.

“He has a plan to go to on the earliest,” Mr Shringla stated.

“On the entire, a wonderful go to from my standpoint and I feel India-Russia relations are in place. We’ve superb understanding on points that are past bilateral, regional, international and definitely that friendship and cooperation that our two international locations get pleasure from wil see us doing increased in additional years to come back,” he stated.

Briefing about his go to, Mr Shringla stated he had delegation-level talks with Russian facet led by Deputy International Minister Igor Morgulov.

“We mentioned bilateral points extensively but additionally problems with regional and worldwide curiosity,” he stated.

Mr Shringla stated that in his assembly with Deputy International Minister Sergey Ryabkov, “we mentioned a variety of arms management and disarmament points. We mentioned BRICS the place Russia has simply given the presidency of this organisation to India.

“We talked about continuity in among the very essential initiatives, on areas like counterterrorism taken by Russia in BRICS. We hope to proceed that momentum in our presidency which is BRICS@15,” he stated.

Emphasising on the deep pleasant relations between the 2 international locations, Mr Shringla stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met 19 instances within the final six years, which is greater than 3 instances a 12 months.

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“It not solely reveals the very very intensive contacts that we have now with the best ranges however it additionally reveals… we have now a lot of organisations to which we each are members, so it provides us the chance to satisfy,” he stated.

“We’re very glad that President Putin can be visiting India on the invitation of our Prime Minister at a time that’s to be determined,” he stated.

Earlier than that, International Minister Lavrov can be visiting on the invitation of the Exterior Affairs Minister.

“We can have the go to of the deputy Prime Minister to move the inter governmental fee together with our EAM. We additionally anticipate high-level participation by Russia at our Raisina dialogue which is the most important suppose tank occasion in India,” he stated.

Speaking in regards to the state of affairs in Afghanistan, he stated that state of affairs there may be vital for each international locations.

“We additionally mentioned our participation in multilateral organisations just like the UN. India is presently a non-permanent member on the UNSC and we mentioned many points related to that organisation,” he stated.

Mr Shringla stated that the 2 international locations additionally mentioned financial and enterprise linkages and are already operationalising Chennai-Vladivostok hall.

He stated that the 2 international locations have labored intently in combating COVID-19 and Russian vaccine sputnik V is within the stage 3 trials in India that are anticipated to be accomplished by mid-march.

“We wish to collaborate with Russia to fabricate a considerable amount of Sputnik V vaccine, one other space of our very profitable cooperation is the well being sector,” he stated.

“There are lots of areas, particularly excessive expertise areas the place we need to focus. one of many selections we took in our conferences was to have a high-level group that can concentrate on excessive expertise and areas that characterize new applied sciences for each international locations,” he stated.


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