- Denis Alipov, the Russian ambassador to New Delhi, said that Russia wants to broaden its ties with India even more.
- India hasn't said anything bad about Russia's invasion of Ukraine yet, and it has been saying that the crisis needs to be solved through diplomacy and talking.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval talked with his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev for a long time in Moscow on Thursday. They talked about how their countries can work together and how things are going in the region and around the world.
In a late-night statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that Doval also spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who agreed to keep working on the India-Russia special and privileged strategic partnership.
It said that the NSA also met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov and talked about defence and economic cooperation between the two countries.
The MEA said that Doval attended the fifth international meeting of security council secretaries and national security advisers on Afghanistan on Wednesday.
The MEA said, “NSA Ajit Doval also met with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. They talked about a wide range of bilateral and regional issues.”
“It was agreed to keep working on putting the India-Russia special and privileged strategic partnership into place,” the report said.
The MEA also said, “On February 9, NSA Ajit Doval met with Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev for a bilateral dialogue. They talked about issues like bilateral relations, regional and international events, and more.”
During the security dialogue on Afghanistan, Doval said that it was important to make sure that Afghanistan didn’t become a source of radicalization and terrorism, either in the region or around the world.
He also said that intelligence and security agencies need to work together more to stop terror groups, like those named in UN Security Council Resolution 1267.
“He also said that India’s top priority is the well-being and humanitarian needs of the Afghan people,” the MEA said.
The Kremlin said that President Putin met with the heads of delegations that are taking part in the multilateral consultations on Afghanistan.
Putin told the Kremlin, “We are also worried about attempts to use the situation in Afghanistan to let forces from outside the region build or expand their infrastructure.”
He said, “These countries will do this under the guise of fighting international terrorism, but they won’t do anything that is really needed in the real fight against terrorism.” “We can see that the situation in the country is not getting better. The situation for people is getting worse, “Putin continued.
At the meeting, there were also people from Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, in addition to India and Russia.
On Monday, Denis Alipov, the Russian ambassador to New Delhi, said that Russia wants to broaden its ties with India even more.
Three months before the NSA’s trip to Russia, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar went there. During that trip, the two countries promised to expand their economic ties, which would include India buying more oil products from its “time-tested” partner.
Doval went to Moscow before the G-20 meeting of foreign ministers in New Delhi.
Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, is likely to go to India for the meeting on March 1 and 2.
Even though Russia invaded Ukraine, the ties between India and Russia stayed strong. Even though many Western countries are getting more worried about it, India has bought a lot more crude oil from Russia in the last few months.
India hasn’t said anything bad about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine yet, and it has been saying that the crisis needs to be solved through diplomacy and talking.