The visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to India is in great discussion amid the sanctions imposed on Russia. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov today. These high-level talks took place amid indications that India could buy more discounted Russian oil and both sides were willing to make a ruble-rupee arrangement for bilateral trade.
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said he wanted to “personally convey” President Vladimir Putin’s message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that “The President (Putin) and PM Modi are in regular touch with each other. I will report to the President about our interactions. The way he pays his respects to Prime Minister Modi and I want to convey this message. I appreciate the opportunity.”
Along with this, he said that despite many difficulties, relations between India and Russia are strong. “We have been able to find that balance that makes our relationship sustainable. We have had fruitful meetings as well as 2+2 talks. As far as I understand, we continue to implement projects Energy, Science , as sectors of pharmaceuticals we manage to fight covid. You know our position on Ukraine, we don’t hide anything.
The meeting between Jaishankar and Lavrov came at a time when the US had said a day earlier that countries creating a deadlock in US sanctions against Russia will have to face the consequences. The high – level meeting between India and Russia took place in the backdrop of indications that India ‘s prospects of buying large quantities of oil from Russia at wide discounts and rupee – ruble exchange arrangement for bilateral trade came to the fore .
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in India on Thursday on a two-day official visit. He has come to India after finishing his trip to China. Whereas earlier America’s Deputy National Security Advisor (Deputy NSA) Dalip Singh had warned that countries creating a deadlock in US sanctions against Russia would have to face the consequences.
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After the American reaction, India said that India buys less than 1 percent of crude oil from Russia. Whereas European countries buy more than 15 percent of oil. A Bloomberg report said that amidst increasing international pressure, Russia is giving huge discounts on direct sales of oil to India.
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