India-Russia Meet
09/04/2021

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  • Recently, Indian and Russian Foreign Ministers addressed each other’s concerns to build on the common “resilient” ground on a wide range of issues from defence supplies to the S-400 air defence system, India’s role in Afghanistan and Taliban’s involvement in power-sharing to cooperation on Covid vaccines and India’s participation in the Quad grouping.

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  • Both also discussed the sale of the S-400 air defence system.

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  • Russian Foreign Minister clarified that the Russia-China relations are at the highest in the history, but these relations do not pursue a goal of establishing a military alliance.
  • He also referred to the Quad grouping and called it an “Asian NATO”, a term sometimes used by China.

                                                                             

  • Russia and India are working for stability and connectivity in the Asia-Pacific and urged that “military alliances” should not come up in Asia.
  • Russia referred to the formulation of “Asia Pacific” while India referred to “Indo-Pacific”.
  • Both ministers also took up the possible export of the Covaxin to Russia which is likely to be cleared by experts.
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