New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will visit Moscow next month and hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov there on November 8. A spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry gave this information. The proposed visit comes amid renewed clashes between Russia and Ukraine after a major explosion in Crimea nearly two weeks ago. “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks with Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar in Moscow on November 8,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. “The two ministers will discuss the current status of bilateral relations and the international agenda,” he said.
There is no statement from the Ministry of External Affairs on Jaishankar’s proposed visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Russian President Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky several times since the start of Russia’s attacks on Ukraine in February. Modi had said in a phone conversation with Zelensky on October 4 that there could be no military solution and that India was ready to contribute to any peace effort.
Modi had said in a bilateral meeting with Putin in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 16 that “today’s era is not of war”. India has not yet condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine and has been saying that the crisis should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy. The conflict between the two has escalated after Russia launched missile attacks targeting several Ukrainian cities in response to a major explosion in Crimea nearly two weeks ago. Russia blamed Ukraine for the blast.