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PM Meets Russian Overseas Minister Amid Stress To Take Anti-Moscow Stand

Earlier, Sergey Lavrov had stated he wished to convey a “message personally” from Putin to PM Modi. (File)

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with visiting Russian Overseas Minister Sergey Lavrov this night, in a big gesture amid worldwide strain on India to take a stand towards Russia’s Ukraine invasion.

PM Modi and the Russian Overseas Minister met for 40 minutes.

The Prime Minister has not publicly met every other visiting Ministers up to now two weeks, together with these from UK, China, Austria, Greece and Mexico.

Earlier immediately, Mr Lavrov had stated he wished to convey a “message personally” from President Vladimir Putin to PM Modi.

“The President (Putin) and the Prime Minister are in common contact with one another and I’ll report back to the President about my negotiations. He sends by the way in which his greatest regards to Prime Minister Modi and I might respect a possibility to ship this message personally,” the Russian Overseas Minister had advised reporters.

He was making his opening remarks at a dialogue with Overseas Minister S Jaishankar.

The Russian minister’s go to comes amid intense strain on India over Russian oil imports, with the US warning of “penalties” for international locations making an attempt to bypass American sanctions towards Moscow.

Stories recommend India may purchase better volumes of discounted Russian oil and either side are eager on having a rouble-rupee association for bilateral commerce.

Hours earlier than Mr Lavrov’s arrival, US Deputy Nationwide Safety Adviser Daleep Singh cautioned that there can be penalties for international locations actively making an attempt to “circumvent or backfill” American sanctions towards Moscow.

“I come right here in a spirit of friendship to elucidate the mechanisms of our sanctions, the significance of becoming a member of us to specific shared resolve and to advance shared pursuits. And sure, there are penalties to international locations that actively try to bypass or backfill these sanctions,” stated Daleep Singh, to a query about India shopping for discounted oil from Russia.

After holding a collection of conferences with Indian interlocutors, he additionally stated that Washington wouldn’t wish to see a “speedy” acceleration in India’s import of power and different commodities from Russia.

The proposed rupee-rouble cost system, if finalised, is probably going to assist the 2 long-standing strategic companions keep it up with bilateral commerce whereas avoiding the purview of Western sanctions on Russia.

India has defended its determination, saying lower than 1% of India’s crude purchases are from Russia and Europe imports greater than 15% of its wants.

A Bloomberg report stated Russia is providing India steep reductions on the direct sale of oil amid mounting worldwide strain. The sanctions-hit nation is providing its flagship Urals grade to India at reductions of as a lot as $35 a barrel on costs earlier than the warfare to lure India to carry extra shipments, the report stated.

Russia needs India to take 15 million barrels contracted for this yr simply to start with, they stated, including the talks are happening at authorities stage.

India has not but brazenly criticised Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and it has abstained from votes on the UN on resolutions condemning Russia.

However final week, India abstained on a decision pushed by Russia on the humanitarian disaster in Ukraine, which was seen as reflective of its impartial place on the battle.



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