Lavrov: Russian-Indian summit could be held at the end of this year in Moscow


MOSCOW, October 20. Russian-Indian summit could be held at the end of this year in Moscow. This was announced by the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, opening negotiations with the colleague from India, Sushma Swaraj.

Lavrov recalled that foreign Minister of India arrived in Moscow to participate in the meeting of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental Commission on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation.

The head of the Russian foreign Ministry reported that on 2 November “will be a meeting of the joint intergovernmental Commission on military-technical cooperation”. This meeting will be the preparation for the next summit, which is scheduled for the end of the year in Moscow.

Lavrov also noted that the full membership of India and Pakistan in the SCO will make the organization more dynamic and efficient mechanism.

The diplomat said that at a meeting with a colleague from India, he “would like to discuss foreign policy cooperation between Russia and India in the General plan, including joint initiatives and actions in the international arena, and given the fact that India takes over the presidency in BRICS”.

“Would be interested to discuss cooperation in the framework of the SCO taking into account the fact that at the SCO summit in Ufa was accepted the decision on admission of India and Pakistan to the organization as full members, – said Lavrov. – Full design of this solution will provide additional momentum to the SCO as very effective mechanism”.

Sergey Lavrov noted the privileged nature of the cooperation between Russia and India. “Privileged partnership between our countries is unique conquest of our peoples”, – stressed the head of the Russian foreign Ministry on the opening of negotiations.

Lavrov expressed confidence that the visit by Swaraj to Moscow will give additional impetus to the development of agreements between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of India Narendra modi. The Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation recalled that they met at the BRICS summit and the SCO in Ufa in July and “talked about concrete problems in various spheres”.

The Russian Minister noted that the main purpose of the visit Swaraj in Moscow – participation in the 21st session of the intergovernmental Commission on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation. He expressed hope for efficiency of its work.

In turn, Swaraj stressed that Russia to India “is a proven and true friend”.

“We have close ties in culture and history, reminded the foreign Minister of India. – A huge number of Indologists driven works in Russia. In Moscow pay much attention to Indian culture”.

“Our policy towards Russia was always the same, regardless of who was in government,” she said.