Russia praises India for not yielding Western pressure
Mr. Lavrov also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and conveyed the personal message of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "We will be ready to supply to India any goods which it wants to buy from us. We are ready to discuss. Russia and India have very good relations" Lavrov said.
New Delhi: Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has praised India for taking a neutral stand on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and abstained from UN meetings to isolate Russia at the international level.
India has maintained its neutral stand and did not support the West and European Union to impose sanctions on Russia.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in New Delhi to meet his counterpart S Jaishankar.
Mr. Lavrov also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and conveyed the personal message of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Both leaders have held talks today amid intense international pressure over Russian oil imports, with the US warning of "consequences" for countries attempting to circumvent American sanctions against Moscow.
The high-level talks took place amid indications that India could buy greater volumes of discounted Russian oil and both sides were keen on having a rouble-rupee arrangement for bilateral trade.
Mr Lavrov said he wished to convey a "message personally" from President Vladimir Putin to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"The President (Putin) and the Prime Minister are in regular touch with each other and I will report to the President about my negotiations. He sends by the way his best regards to Prime Minister Modi and I would appreciate an opportunity to deliver this message personally," said the Russian Foreign Minister.
He said ties between India and Russia had been strong despite many difficulties.
"We have been able to find the balance that makes our relationship sustainable. We have had useful meetings as well as 2+2 talks. As far as I understand, we continue to implement projects in areas of energy, science, pharmaceuticals as we manage to fight Covid. You know our position on Ukraine, we do not hide anything and you must take our position in the entirety and not in a one-sided way," he said.
"We are interested in having a balanced world order which makes it sustainable. These days our western colleagues would like to reduce any meaningful international issue to the crisis in Ukraine...We do not fight anything and we appreciated that India is taking this situation in the entirety of effect and not just one-sided way," Mr Lavrov added.
In his opening remarks, Mr Jaishankar said: "Our relations have grown and this meeting takes place in a difficult environment, apart from the pandemic."
The Foreign Minister said India has always been in favour of resolving differences and disputes through dialogue and diplomacy. "In our meeting today, we will have an opportunity to discuss contemporary issues and concerns in some detail."
"I have no doubt no pressure will affect our partnership... They (US) are forcing others to follow their politics: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov when asked if US pressure on India will affect Indo-Russian ties", Mr. Sergey Lavrov said.
Hours before Mr Lavrov's arrival, US Deputy National Security Adviser Daleep Singh cautioned that there would be consequences for countries actively attempting to "circumvent or backfill" American sanctions against Moscow.
What Sergey Lavrov said after meeting Jayashankar
India is an important country. If India sees to play that role which provides resolution of the problem...If India is with its position of just and rational approach to int'l problems,it can support such a process
You called it a war which is not true. It is a special operation, military infrastructure is being targeted. The aim is to deprive the Kyiv regime from building the capacity to present any threat to Russia
We will be ready to supply to India any goods which it wants to buy from us. We are ready to discuss. Russia and India have very good relations
"I come here in a spirit of friendship to explain the mechanisms of our sanctions, the importance of joining us to express shared resolve and to advance shared interests. And yes, there are consequences to countries that actively attempt to circumvent or backfill these sanctions," said Daleep Singh, to a question about India buying discounted oil from Russia, NDTV reported.
#WATCH I have no doubt no pressure will affect our partnership... They (US) are forcing others to follow their politics: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov when asked if US pressure on India will affect Indo-Russian ties pic.twitter.com/rmTnmbS8IZ— ANI (@ANI) April 1, 2022