Moscow, 10 November 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, and India’s External Affairs Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar held talks in Moscow. Besides bilateral issues, both leaders discussed a range of regional and global issues.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated that the countries are bound historically with mutual respect and resistance to changes in the geopolitical environment. After the meeting, the leaders attended a joint news conference.

Briefing at the Joint Press Conference

Both leaders agreed that strong India-Russia relations are important for their national interests and International and Regional stability.

The leaders noted beneficial trade dynamics. By September 2022, trade had increased to approximately $17 billion, or 133 percent of the same month in 2021. Both were confident to achieve the target of 30 billion dollars very soon.

The two counterparts acknowledged the positive role of the Intergovernmental Russian-Indian Commission in trade, economics, investment, logistics, transport, and high-tech cooperation.

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India’s Minister, Jaishankar, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia, Denis Manturov also had a meeting.

Moreover, both discussed in detail the outlook to begin the North-South international transport corridor. The leaders also evaluated potential opportunities for energy cooperation and cooperation in the civil nuclear industry.

Following that, both discussed the situation and future of military-technical cooperation and cooperative manufacturing of contemporary weaponry.

The leaders also addressed the issues and developments in Afghanistan. The Russian Foreign Minister said that they are engaging the Taliban in their Ministry.

He stated that in this regard, Indian allies are likewise making the appropriate measures. Similarly, they also discussed the developments in the Middle East, and North Africa.

While talking about Ukraine, Lavrov informed the Indian Minister about the role of the West to avoid democratizing international relations under the cover of Ukrainian developments.

Lastly, the Russian Foreign Minister told that their discussions will also proceed in the upcoming ASEAN and G20 global gatherings. He regarded the meeting as very productive and useful.