External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to visit Russia on a two-day visit, bilateral issues to be discussed

Digital Desk, New Delhi. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will visit Russia on Wednesday on a two-day official visit. During the visit from July 7 to 9, Jaishankar will meet his counterpart, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov, a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said. Bilateral issues are expected to be discussed during this, including cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as well as exchange of views on various regional and international issues.

Jaishankar will also meet the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Yuri Borisov, his counterpart of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC). He will also meet with Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs. Jaishankar will speak on India-Russia relations in a changing world at the prestigious Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow, the statement said.

The visit will be in continuation of the successive high level visits between the two countries. The Russian Foreign Minister had visited New Delhi in April this year. Jaishankar’s visit will further strengthen the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries, the statement said. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin in a phone conversation reiterated their commitment to further strengthen the special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India in all areas.

The two leaders had earlier met in Vladivostok in September 2019. President Putin is scheduled to visit India later this year.

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