Visit of Dr. S. Jaishankar to Russia

Dec 30: In Moscow, the External Affairs Minister called on President H. E. Vladimir Putin and held discussions with Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Industry and Trade, H.E. Denis Manturov, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Sergey Lavrov.

EAM had a comprehensive exchange of views on bilateral cooperation in trade and economics, energy, defence, connectivity, cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and cooperation between regions of the two countries. He also shared perspectives on global and regional developments including multilateral cooperation.

Three documents relating to the Kudan Kulam Nuclear Power Plants, an MoU on cooperation in pharmaceuticals and healthcare and a Protocol on Foreign Office Consultations were signed during the visit.

He interacted with Russian think tanks/ academics and exchanged views on Indian foreign policy perspectives as well as Russia-India relations. The rich contribution of cultural ties and people-to-people exchanges in enhancing the goodwill and friendship between India and Russia was reflected in EAM’s interaction with the Indian Diaspora in Moscow.

In Saint Petersburg, EAM met the Governor, H.E. Alexander Beglov and discussed possibilities of cooperation in the economic and cultural field. He discussed with a diverse cross-section of Indologists at Saint Petersburg University. Views were exchanged on how to enhance a better direct understanding and appreciation of developments in the two countries. He also interacted with teachers and students at School No. 653 named after Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, a premier Russian government school that teaches Hindi as part of its regular curriculum.

EAM’s visit to Russia provided an opportunity to review ongoing bilateral cooperation and consider ways to further strengthen the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries. India-Russia relations have remained strong and steady building upon strategic convergences, geopolitical interests, and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.

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