India, Russia to boost energy ties, defence item production | India News – Times of India

 India, Russia to boost energy ties, defence item production | India News - Times of India

Amid continued attempts by the West to pin Russia below UkraineExternal Affairs Minister S Jaishankar supported the relationship with Moscow, describing it as a valuable and time-tested partner with whom India enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship that is based on strategic convergence and geopolitical interests and realities. is based on
Jaishankar met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday for bilateral talks in which they discussed ways to further enhance and enhance energy ties. Defense Cooperation through joint production of military equipment Gaza and Ukraine during discussions on regional and global issues. Importantly, Jaishankar got an audience with President Vladimir Putin later in the day.
In what was their 7th meeting this year, Lavrov reiterated Russia’s support for India’s candidacy for permanent membership of the Security Council, while praising India’s G20 presidency for not allowing the joint declaration to be biased or one-sided. of Lavrov emphasized the importance of energy ties, which have seen India emerge as one of the largest importers of Russian fuel, saying it is a strategic area for India-Russia relations and he And Jaishankar agreed to expand hydrocarbon exports to the Indian market. as well as support for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. India and China are the only two major powers that have never publicly condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Jaishankar said after his meeting with Lavrov that PM Modi will hold his annual summit with Putin next year. The summit could not take place in 2022 and 2023, as Putin’s focus remained on the war in Ukraine and India was busy hosting the G20 summit.
“We discussed the possibilities of military and technical cooperation, including the joint production of advanced weapons. Our cooperation is of a strategic nature and strengthening it is in line with the national interests of the states and the security interests of the Eurasian continent,” Lavrov said.
Stating that India-Russia relations remained “very stable, very strong”, Jaishankar said long-term arrangements were discussed in areas such as trade, energy, fertilizers and coking coal. “We discussed the need for progress on mutual investment, bilateral investment agreement. We talked yesterday (Tuesday) about railways, about industrial zone infrastructure. And we agreed on that. What’s more is that negotiations for a free trade agreement between India and the Eurasian Economic Union will resume in the second half of January this year,” Jaishankar added.

What is unusual about ‘unchanged’ India-Russia relations? EAM Jaishankar explained.

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