Lavrov: Jaishankar’s mum on whether India played a role in fixing Blinken-Lavrov meeting | News from India

NEW DELHI: In their first meeting in Delhi since the start of the war in Ukraine, US secretary of state Antony Blink on Thursday he called on his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to end the war and also called for the reversal of what he described as an irresponsible decision by Moscow to withdraw from the New START nuclear weapons treaty, which places verifiable limits on US nuclear arsenals and Russia.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar did not respond to the question whether the Indian government could play a role in facilitating the meeting on its soil. The meeting, in which Blinken also asked for the release of a US citizen, lasted 10 minutes.
Flashes and Lavrov they were last seen together at the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Bali in July 2022, but no meeting has taken place since. Lavrov had walked away from the G20 meeting as Western countries denounced the war.
However, a Russian spokesman said there were no negotiations in the “contact”, which, according to Russian authorities, took place at the behest of Blinken. “He (Lavrov) spoke to him, standing up, in the context of the second session of the G20. No talks or actual meetings took place,” the official said.
On the New START treaty, Blinken said he told Lavrov that mutual compliance is in the interests of both the United States and Russia. “It’s what people all over the world expect from us as nuclear powers. I told him that no matter what is happening in the world or in our relationship, the United States will always be ready to engage and act on strategic arms control, just as we did even at the height of the Cold War,” Blinken said, addressing the media.
Describing Russia as an exception at the G20 foreign ministers meeting, Blinken complimented India on its role and hailed the final document by saying this was the first time the group had reached consensus on a wide range of issues. He said the document endorsed the Bali Declaration in which member states, he added, had condemned the war in Ukraine. Lavrov had previously “apologized” to India and the global south for what he called the West’s indecent behavior in reducing the G20 agenda to a farce.


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