The dates of the Russian Foreign Minister’s visit to New Delhi will be announced as soon as EAM S Jaishankar returns from its tour of Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will soon visit New Delhi. (File photo: REUTERS)

After China, the Russian Foreign Minister will soon stop in New Delhi. The dates of the visit will be announced as soon as Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar returns from his tour of Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit will focus on the global geopolitical situation following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Lavrov is expected to brief India on Russian operations in Ukraine and peace talks with the conflict-torn country.

The two parties will discuss mechanisms for dealing in the rupee-ruble transaction format in order to continue working together despite US and EU sanctions. Indian oil companies have previously bought Russian oil at discounted prices which has been offered to India amid global sanctions and rising global crude prices.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also discussed the rapidly changing global scenario with his counterpart Dr. S. Jaishankar during his visit last week. Like the Chinese minister, Minister Lavrov is also expected to meet National Security Advisor Ajit Doval during his visit.

While China voted in favor of Russia in all UN resolutions, India is one of the few countries to have shown neutrality in abstain from resolutions proposed by the West and by Russia to the General Assembly and the Security Council.

Responding to questions from Parliament on India’s position, External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar said: “We have expressed our deep concern over the worsening situation and called for an immediate cessation of violence and an end to all hostilities”.

To engage the BRICS bloc, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov met with representatives in Moscow, including India’s envoy to Russia, Ambassador Pavan Kapoor. Sergei Lavrov had also spoken with Jaishankar on February 24 after Russian President Putin announced the invasion of Ukraine.

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