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Russia Foreign Minister begins two-day trip today

In a one-line statement issued to announce the visit, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated, “Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergey Lavrov, will pay an official visit to New Delhi on 31 March-1 April 2022.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey LavrovRussian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will be on a two-day official visit to India from Thursday, his first trip to the country since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine last month.

In a one-line statement issued to announce the visit, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated, “Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergey Lavrov, will pay an official visit to New Delhi on 31 March-1 April 2022.”

The focus of Lavrov’s visit is expected to be on India’s purchase of discounted Russian crude oil and putting in place a rupee-ruble payment system for bilateral trade in view of Western sanctions against Moscow, sources said. In the talks, India is also likely to press for ensuring timely delivery of various military hardware and components of the S-400 missile systems by Russia.

Lavrov began a two-day visit to China on Wednesday, primarily to attend a meeting of foreign ministers of countries bordering Afghanistan. He is expected to arrive in New Delhi on Thursday evening after concluding his China visit.

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First published on: 30-03-2022 at 03:22:47 pm
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