National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Thursday met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov as they discussed a slew of important topics, including trade and economic ties, between the two countries in Moscow.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Thursday met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov as they discussed a slew of important topics, including trade and economic ties, between the two countries in Moscow. The duo also discussed the peaceful use of outer space.
The visit comes amid growing Western pressure on India to downsize its dependence on its traditional ally amid the Ukraine conflict. India, on the other hand, has successfully resisted all Western attempts as it continues to engage with Russia on a number of issues, including India’s energy security.
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“I think it is important to use the mechanism of the Intergovernmental Commission to the maximum degree in order to strengthen bilateral collaboration across the board,” Manturov, who is also the minister of industry and trade, stressed.
Manturov also congratulated the Indian delegation on the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.
Earlier on Wednesday, Doval met with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, in the Russian capital. They held discussions on a wide range of bilateral and international issues, which included cooperation in the area of security.
“On August 17 in Moscow, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev held talks with National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India Ajit Doval,” the Russian Embassy in India stated in a tweet.
“A wide range of issues of bilateral cooperation in the area of security, as well as topical problems on the regional and international agenda, were discussed,” the Embassy added.
“The sides agreed to continue the dialogue between the two countries’ Security Councils, having emphasised the progressive development of the Russian-Indian special and privileged strategic partnership,” the Embassy further said.
Despite recent developments, amid India’s growing closeness to the Western world, Russia has surpassed Saudi Arabia to become the second biggest supplier of crude oil to the country.
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar recently defended India’s crude oil imports from Russia amid growing concern from Western countries. Dr Jaishankar, however, termed the deal with Russia as the “best deal” for the country.