Foreign Minister S Jaishankar today held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on pressing global issues, including the crisis in Ukraine and the situation in Afghanistan.
The meeting took place in the margins of the conclave of foreign ministers of the G-20 in the Indonesian city of Bali.
Meet FM Sergey Lavrov of Russia on the sidelines of the Bali #G20FMM.
Discussed bilateral matters of mutual interest. Also exchanged views on contemporary regional and international issues, including the conflict in Ukraine and Afghanistan,” Jaishankar tweeted.
Meet FM Sergey Lavrov of Russia on the sidelines of the Bali #G20FMM†
Discussed bilateral matters of mutual interest. Also exchanged views on contemporary regional and international issues, including the conflict in Ukraine and Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/xLkpmGJhjy
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) July 8, 2022
The talks between Jaishankar and Lavrov came a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the state of global energy and food markets in a telephone conversation against the backdrop of the crisis in Ukraine.
India has not yet condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has maintained that the crisis must be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.
In the past few months, India has also increased imports of discounted crude oil from Russia, despite mounting unrest by several Western powers.
Crude oil imports from Russia have risen more than 50-fold since April and now make up 10 percent of all crude oil purchased abroad.
On Tuesday, Russian ambassador Denis Alipov said Russia appreciates India for not supporting attempts to isolate it in multilateral forums and that bilateral trade between the two countries is on the rise. India has also been in contact with several leading powers, including Russia, about the situation in Afghanistan. Last month, India restored its diplomatic presence in Kabul by deploying a “technical team” to its embassy in the Afghan capital.
India had withdrawn its officials from the embassy after the Taliban seized power last August over concerns for their security.
The reopening of the embassy came weeks after an Indian team led by JP Singh, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ liaison officer for Afghanistan, visited Kabul and met acting Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi and several others. members of the Taliban dispensation. During the meeting, the Taliban side assured the Indian team that adequate security will be provided if India sends its officials to the embassy in Kabul.
India has failed to recognize the new regime in Afghanistan and has called for the formation of a truly inclusive government in Kabul, except insisting that Afghan land should not be used for terrorist activity against any country.
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