New Delhi- Sergey Lavrov, Russian foreign minister is all set to begin his two-day bilateral visit to India from Monday. It provides an opportunity to converse aspects of bilateral ties and review preparations for pending India-Russia’s annual summit later in this year.
EAM S Jaishankar posted on Twitter, “On April 5-6, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov will pay a working visit to India. In New Delhi, he will hold talks with External Affairs Minister.”
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned that he will be a unique opportunity for discussing the important aspects of bilateral ties. It will review the preparations for the next India Russia annual summit and even perhaps discuss regional and international issues of mutual interest.
As per the statement by Russian Embassy in India, “The heads of the foreign affairs agencies will discuss the current state of bilateral relations, the preparation of the upcoming high-level meeting this year, including cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, will consider key topics on the regional, global agenda, assess approaches to the interaction between Russia and India on the international arena, including at the UN, BRICS.”
The statement mentioned, “A special and privileged strategic partnership with India is one of Russia’s foreign policy priorities.”
However, the two sides are now developing an active political dialogue, trade, and economic along with military and technical ties, scientific, cultural, and humanitarian contacts. The statement also added, “A considerable experience of fruitful cooperation in a wide range of areas has been accumulated. The interest of the Indian business in the Far East and other regions of Russia is growing.”
Notably, the official release stated that the Russian foreign minister is ready to implement the outcomes of the 20th Russian-Indian Summit held last year in September, in Vladivostok.
Further, the statement added, “The heads of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and India will exchange views on vital issues of the international and regional agenda, including interaction in the #UN, the #SCO, and #BRICS, which is chaired by India this year, as well as the #RIC. An important set of topics related to the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and Afghanistan will be discussed.”
The main highlight of this bilateral meet is about sharing the same vision of the model of the merging polycentric world order, building a strategic partnership among both sides and restructuring global governance, and established the UN’s central coordinating role in international affairs. After Lavrov’s visit to India, he will be visiting Pakistan on April 6th and 7th.
Well, Harsha Vardhan Shringla who visiting the country this year in the month of February where he met Lavrov and discussed a wider range of Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries and methods to further strengthen it.
Notably, Shringla has stated that they discussed some of the international and regional issues of interest that involve the cooperation in the UN and UNSC where currently, India is identified as a non-permanent member.