EAM S. Jaishankar, Russian Counterpart discuss connectivity, energy, regional and global issues
During the press briefing with his Indian counterpart, the Foreign Minister of Russia clearly dismissed the reports of the possible military alliance between Beijing and Moscow and mentioned that Russia is much interested in inclusive cooperation.
The External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on April 6, 2021, held delegation-level talks. The Foreign Minister of Russia who was on a two-day visit to India arrived on the night of April 5.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the visit by the Russian minister provided a unique opportunity to discuss the significant aspects of bilateral ties between the two countries, discuss the regional and international issues of mutual interest and review the preparations for the next India-Russia annual summit.
After the talks, the two ministers also addressed a press briefing and informed about various areas that were discussed, including the reports of the military alliance between Russia and China. After India, Sergey Lavrov visited Pakistan from April 6-7, 2021.
India, Russia bilateral cooperation remains energetic: S. Jaishankar
S. Jaishankar while addressing a joint statement with his Russian counterpart stated that both of them assessed positively the economic cooperation between the two nations and also noted new opportunities in the Russian far east.
The connectivity including the Chennai-Vladivostok Maritime Corridor and the International North-South Transport Corridor was also highlighted during the delegation-level talks.
Jaishankar in his address mentioned that the bilateral cooperation between India and Russia remains energetic and forward-looking. He added that they also talked about the long-standing partnership in defence sectors and nuclear space and assessed positively the economic cooperation.
Russian Foreign Minister dismisses reports of military alliance with China:
|During the press briefing with his Indian counterpart, the Foreign Minister of Russia clearly dismissed the reports of the possible military alliance between Beijing and Moscow and mentioned that Russia is much interested in inclusive cooperation.|
The minister confirmed that the relations between Russia and China do not pursue the goal of establishing a military alliance.
While agreeing with India’s position on the military alliance issue, the minister stated that our Indian friends have the same position as us and we both believe that this military alliance is counterproductive. He added that Russia is more interested in inclusive cooperation that is for something and not against something.
Partnership between India and Russia significant for global peace:
The External Affairs Minister has acknowledged that the relations between India and Russia are time-tested and that the partnership is significant for security, global peace, and stability.
Warm, comprehensive and productive talks with Russian FM Sergey Lavrov.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) April 6, 2021
India-Russia ties are characterised by consistent ability to identify and update shared interests.
Discussed preparations for the Annual Summit later this year. pic.twitter.com/oFHUrxbtng
He noted that both the nations are aware of the rebalanced and multi-polar nature of international relations in current times and the importance of this relationship for security, global peace, and stability. Therefore, as the Foreign Ministers, we both work hard to deliver that responsibility.
During the talks, the leaders also covered the preparations for the President of Russia Vladimir Putin’s visit to India for the annual summit later in 2021.
Review of bilateral cooperation by the ministers:
• Jaishankar informed that he briefed his Russian counterpart on the recent developments in India that also open up new opportunities for the Russian businesses in various sectors. He added that the Atmanirbhar Bharat economic vision can promote a more contemporary economic relationship in the post COVID era.
• Both the countries noted the appetite for greater investment in each other.
• India appreciated Russia’s support for its Gaganyaan Program.
• The ministers acknowledged the defence sector requirements of both the countries in the past year have been expeditiously addressed.
• They also noted that the pharmaceutical collaboration between India and Russia has become even more serious as the Russian vaccine is already under discussion in India.
• Both the ministers exchanged views and the assessment on the significant regional and global matters.
• Unfolding developments in and around Afghanistan were also discussed. S. Jaishankar shared India’s approach of durable peace both within and outside Afghanistan.
Agenda included UNSC issues, Afghanistan, West Asia, the Gulf, Myanmar, ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) April 6, 2021
Larger backdrop of global political changes provided the context. pic.twitter.com/4FN6pnrP74
Discussion on the Indo-Pacific region:
EAM informed that the discussion on the Indo-Pacific region also took place between the two ministers. He shared India’s viewpoints on the issue and noted that as PM Modi pointed, contemporary challenges in the region require countries to work together in new and different ways.
India has also been strongly committed to ASEAN centrality and considers Russia as an important partner as the country implements its Act East and Beyond Policy.