New Delhi, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. S. Jaishankar emphasised the importance of cessation of violence and ending hostilities during talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, who paid an official visit to India from March 31-April 1.
The two Ministers were discussing developments pertaining to Ukraine. Minister Lavrov briefed the Indian side from Russia’s perspective, including the ongoing talks. Differences and disputes should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy and by respect for international law, UN Charter, sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.
Both Ministers assessed the overall state of cooperation. They considered the implications of recent developments on trade and economic relations. EAM underlined that as a developing economy, global volatility in different domains is of particular concern to India. It is important for both countries that their economic, technological and people to people contacts remain stable and predictable.
The Ministers also discussed the situation in Afghanistan. Minister Lavrov conveyed his assessment of the recent conference on Afghanistan in China. EAM noted that UNSCR 2593 expressed the concerns of the international community and spoke of humanitarian support for the Afghan people. Iran and JCPoA issue also featured in the talks. EAM welcomed the Russian briefing on the matter.