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Russian Foreign Minister meets Jaishankar, Modi; discusses wide ranging issues

Sanjeevni Today 15-01-2020 04:48 PM

Russian Foreign Minister meets Jaishankar, Modi; discusses wide ranging issues


New Delhi,The visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who is on a brief visit to India, held talks with his Indian counterpart Dr S Jaishankar here on Wednesday and held discussion on wide-ranging issues.

"Pleasure as always to meet FM Sergey Lavrov of Russia. Wide-ranging conversation on recent developments. Reflected the comfort of our long-standing friendship," Dr Jaishankar tweeted.

"Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a working lunch with External Affairs Minister of India Dr S Jaishankar," said a tweet from the Russian embassy here. Mr Lavrov also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue, the Russian Minister said India and Brazil should become permanent members of the UN Security Council. “India and Brazil should absolutely be at the UNSC. Developing countries should be given adequate representation," he said.

He also sounded critical of 'Indo Pacific' and said this concept actually excludes the Gulf or Africa. Both India and Russia have come under the US criticism and possible sanctions over the deal on S-400 air defence systems.

In his address at the Raisina Dialogue, Mr Lavrov said: "We are convinced that the overriding trend of the global development is the objective process of the formation of new centres of economic might, financial power and political influence, India is obviously one them".

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