March 5, 2024

EAM Jaishankar met Russian International Minister on the sidelines of BRICS International Ministers’ assembly. They mentioned a number of problems with bilateral relations, in addition to multilateral issues reminiscent of G20 and SCO.

India’s Exterior Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar convened with Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday in Cape City. The International Ministers of India and Russia mentioned problems with bilateral relations and multilateral significance reminiscent of agendas for BRICS, G20, and SCO. The assembly occurred on the sidelines of the BRICS International Ministers’ assembly being held in South Arica.

The assembly occurred within the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine battle. India has been repeatedly demanded to take a stance on the Russia-Ukraine battle with the Western powers urging India to denounce its robust bilateral ties with Russia and condemn the latter’s aggression in Ukraine. Nevertheless, India has towed a superb line of neutrality to this point. This bilateral assembly between EAM Jaishankar and FM Lavrov bolstered India’s stand of not taking sides, and persevering with to construct bilateral ties with Russia no matter the pressure between Russia and the West.

Agenda of the Bilateral Assembly

Whereas stating the matters of their discussions, Dr. Jaishankar tweeted that they lined BRICS, India’s G20 Presidency, in addition to India’s Chairmanship of SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation). Russia’s state-owned information company TASS cited a press release issued by the Russian International Ministry, whereby it acknowledged that the ministers praised the cooperation dynamics on the essential instructions of the 2 nations’ particular and privileged alliance. Moreover, the assertion emphasised the discussions on “increasing dialogue” on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, BRICS and the G20, echoing Dr. Jaishankar’s tweet.

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As per the assertion quoted by TASS, related problems with bilateral significance have been additionally mentioned, together with world and regional issues. The assertion talked about “the mutual intent” to additional their makes an attempt at making a “multipolar system of transnational ties” by refuting the hegemonic monopolies and disregarding the propagation of neo-colonial practices.

Frequent Conferences Between India and Russia

EAM Jaishankar and FM Lavrov have convened on points of world significance a number of occasions within the latest months. The 2 international ministers held a gathering on 4th Might 2023 on the sidelines of Council of International Ministers of SCO hosted by India. In that assembly, they’d scrutinised India and Russia’s “particular and privileged strategic partnership” as Russia’s relations with the West proceed to decay owing to its battle with Ukraine.

Jaishankar Discusses Bilateral, Multilateral Relations with Russian Counterpart - Asiana Times
(Picture Supply: India’s Chairmanship of the SCO – 2022-23)

The 2 had additionally shared a desk through the G20 International Ministers’ meet in New Delhi on 1st and 2nd March 2023. BRICS marks the third assembly between the 2 authorities representatives of India and Russia, indicating the power of bilateral relations regardless of strain from the West to terminate them.

Bilateral Relations between Indian and Russia

Ever for the reason that breakout of the Russia-Ukraine battle, bilateral ties between India and Russia have quickly strengthened. India’s financial relationship with Russia has elevated considerably within the final yr, owing largely to its buy of specifically discounted Russian oil when the Western nations sanctioned Russian oil and different trades. Russia has additionally welcomed India’s neutrality on the Russia-Ukraine battle whereas condemning the allegedly conspiratorial method of the West. Moreover, Russia has firmly supported India’s chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

At a time when the worldwide neighborhood is alienating Russia for its aggression, India is rising as a potent ally. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone a number of occasions since March final yr. PM Modi and President Putin will meet in particular person through the G20 summit scheduled for September this yr, which will likely be hosted by India.