Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is visiting Russia for the first time since the Ukraine war, said that the Ukraine conflict remains a big issue for India. However, he also said that in the midst of this conflict, there remains a strong link between the governments of India and Russia. “We have strong and continuous contacts between our governments at different levels,” Jaishankar said ahead of his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Let us inform you that Jaishankar is on a Russian tour at a time when Russia’s conflict with Ukraine has been going on for several months. On the Ukraine-Russia war, Jaishankar said that “India strongly reiterates that both the countries should return to the path of dialogue”. After meeting Foreign Minister Jaishankar Sergei Lavrov in Moscow here, Jashankar said in gestures that this meeting should not be taken out of context. “Our meeting is to assess our relationship and understand each other’s perspectives on the global situation,” Jaishankar said in an opening statement at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Moscow.
Our talks will focus on the overall global situation and specific regional concerns. “As far as bilateral relations are concerned, we aim to build a contemporary, balanced, mutually beneficial, and long-term partnership,” the Indian External Affairs Minister said. Jaishankar said that the Ukraine conflict is their top issue for him. He said, “Covid, trade-related difficulties have affected the global economy. But now we are looking at the results of the Ukraine conflict on top of this matter.” In the meeting with the Russian counterpart, Jaishankar discussed many issues including crude oil and trade. Jaishankar further said, “Terrorism and climate change have always been there.
There are also living issues that have a negative impact on progress and prosperity. “India and Russia are partnering with each other in an increasingly multipolar and rebalancing world. We are two governments that have enjoyed extremely enduring and time-tested ties,” Jaishankar said. Jaishankar and Lavrov have met four times since the Ukraine conflict began in February. However, this is the first meeting in Russia. Earlier the Foreign Minister of Russia had visited India in April. During this visit, Lavrov held extensive talks with Jaishankar and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited India in December last year to attend the India-Russia annual summit.