Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in Russia for two days
Talks with his counterpart, Ukraine remained the main issue
Said- Taking oil from Russia is a profit deal, it will continue
New Delhi. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is on a two-day visit to Russia, said on Tuesday that Ukraine was discussed prominently in Russia talks. Simultaneously, talks were held with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on projects in the trade and investment, transport, logistics and energy sectors. Jaishankar said that the issue of Russia-Ukraine conflict remained the main one, the global economy is dependent on each other for any conflict. On buying oil from Russia, he said the deal works to India’s advantage and that’s why New Delhi wants to continue with it. Jaishankar’s meeting with Lavrov comes amid growing global concerns over the escalating hostilities between Moscow and Ukraine.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said India-Russia ties have proved to be “extraordinarily strong” and have stood the test of time. He also said that now in the background of increasing economic cooperation, the objective of both the countries should now be to focus on building a balanced, mutually beneficial and long-term partnership. In his opening address during the meeting, Jaishankar said that the COVID-19 pandemic, trade and business difficulties have affected the global economy. “We are now looking at the consequences of the Ukraine conflict above all else,” he said. There are also persistent issues of terrorism and climate change that have a stifling effect on progress and prosperity.
War between Russia and Ukraine raises global concerns
“Our dialogue will focus on the overall global situation and specific regional concerns,” the foreign minister said. It is to be known that Jaishankar reached Moscow on Monday evening on a two-day visit. His visit comes at a time when global concerns are rising due to the war between Russia and Ukraine. Jaishankar said, “India and Russia are in touch with each other in an increasingly multipolar and re-balanced world. We are doing this because the relationship between the two has proven to be exceptionally strong and have stood the test of time. I am looking forward to my conversation.
Russia visit very important before G20 group summit
Jaishankar’s visit to Russia assumes significance as it is taking place a week before the summit of the G20 group to be held in Bali, Indonesia, where the Ukraine conflict and its implications are expected to be intensely discussed. This is Jaishankar’s first visit to Moscow since the start of the Ukraine conflict. The External Affairs Minister said, ‘Our meeting is to assess our relationship and understand each other’s perspective on the global situation. As far as bilateral relations are concerned, we aim to focus on building a balanced, mutually beneficial and long-term partnership.
The impact of the pandemic, financial pressure on the global economy
This has become important especially with the growing economic ties between the two countries, he said. “We will also discuss how the common goals can be better achieved,” he said. Jaishankar said that there are strong and continuous contacts between the governments of the two countries at various levels. Jaishankar also mentioned the challenges of terrorism, climate change, etc. apart from the Kovid-19 epidemic, Ukraine conflict. He said, ‘As far as the international situation is concerned, the Kovid epidemic, financial pressure and business troubles have had an impact on the global economy in the last few years.’ (with language input)
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 08, 2022, 18:28 IST