NEW DELHI: Ahead of Foreign Minister S Jaishankar’s talks with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Ukraine and other regional and global issues, Russia stressed that the two countries share similar positions on the “most pressing issues and also in their adherence to international law and the Charter of the United Nations, which the West has accused Russia of violating by invading and annexing Ukrainian territory.
Moscow also said ahead of Tuesday’s dialogue, which will also consider ways to further strengthen energy ties despite Western sanctions, that India and Russia represent a more just and equal polycentric world. Without condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine, India has repeatedly called on Moscow, and many others, to respect the UN Charter, international law and the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity. Ukraine is expected to dominate the agenda of Jaishankar meetings with Lavrov as well as the Russian Trade Minister Denis Manturov even if the discussions will also focus on Afghanistan, Iran and the strengthening of cooperation at the UN but also within the framework of the SCO, the G20 and the RIC (Russia -India-China).
In the context of sanctions imposed by the West, the two countries will focus, according to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry, on improving trade and investment, transport and logistics, the use of national currencies in mutual settlements, as well as on “promising projects”. in the energy sector, especially in the Arctic plateau and the Russian Far East”.
In remarks aimed at Western nations, many of whom continue to closely follow India’s high-level exchanges with Moscow, the Russian statement said India and Russia stand for the active formation of a more polycentric world order. just and egalitarian, and “start from the inadmissibility of promoting the imperialist diktat on the world stage”.
“The two countries demonstrate the proximity of positions on the most pressing issues and defend adherence to the universally recognized norms of international law, enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. Our goal is to promote a unifying agenda and build constructive dialogue in the area of ​​interstate relations,” he said.
Although there has been speculation in Western media that India is brokering peace in Ukraine, Indian diplomatic and other sources have said they are not aware of any Indian mediation proposals in the dispute. India will, however, continue to press Russia, including in talks on Tuesday, to end the conflict and the West not to do anything that could further complicate the global economy.

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