Talks with Russian Foreign Minister to focus on regional concerns, global situation: S. Jaishankar

"Covid, trade difficulties have taken a toll on global economy. We are now seeing consequences of Ukraine conflict on top of that," he added.
"Covid, trade difficulties have taken a toll on global economy. We are now seeing consequences of Ukraine conflict on top of that," he added.Special arrangement

Moscow: External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Tuesday said that bilateral talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov will address the overall global situation as well as specific regional concerns.

In his opening remarks at his meeting with Lavrov, Jaishankar - who earlier in the day arrived in Moscow on a two-day visit to Russia - said that "there have been strong and continuing contacts between our governments at various levels".

"Our meeting is devoted to assessing our ties, exchanging perspectives on global situation and what it means to our respective interests.

"Covid, trade difficulties have taken a toll on global economy. We are now seeing consequences of Ukraine conflict on top of that," he added.

"Where bilateral ties are concerned, our objective is to fashion a contemporary, balanced, mutually beneficial and long-term engagement," Jaishankar said on the meeting.

"There are more perennial issues of terrorism and climate change, both of which have a disruptive impact on progress and prosperity," he noted.

He further added that India and Russia engage each other in an increasingly multi-polar and re-balanced world. "We do so as two polities who have had exceptionally steady, time-tested relationships," Jaishankar stated.

Prior to this, Jaishankar had last visited Russia in July 2021 followed by a visit of Lavrov to New Delhi in April this year.

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