India ought to “undoubtedly” be a part of worldwide efforts to discover a settlement to the state of affairs in Afghanistan as it’s an “important player” in such endeavours, Russian international minister Sergey Lavrov has mentioned.

In an interview forward of his talks with exterior affairs minister S Jaishankar in New Delhi on Tuesday, Lavrov additionally mentioned Russia expects India and China to seek out “mutually acceptable political and diplomatic ways” to take away their variations on the earliest. Lavrov additionally outlined Russia’s priorities for engagements with India in the course of the 12 months, together with the annual summit to be held in India and different engagements.

With India and Russia set to renew high-level engagements, what would be the priorities for bilateral agenda in 2021?

Russia is glad with the vigorous political dialogue with India on all ranges that retains on actively creating regardless of severe restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, we managed to efficiently organise a number of occasions in face-to-face and on-line codecs. Summits of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (Brics) – a brand new sort of multilateral associations the place our international locations cooperate fruitfully – are amongst them.

This 12 months, New Delhi holds Brics chairmanship – we’re keen to contribute in each doable approach on this regard. India has additionally joined the actions of the UN Security Council as its non-permanent member. We intend to proceed shut interplay throughout the talked about boards in addition to different worldwide platforms.

We hope that the epidemiological state of affairs would permit us to organise a bilateral summit in 2021. The dates of subsequent classes of the Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation, Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Technical Cooperation and Inter-Parliamentary Commission are into account.

Given the necessity to overcome unfavorable penalties of the pandemic for the world and nationwide economies, our particular priorities embody intensification of the Russian-Indian sensible cooperation in areas similar to commerce, power, agriculture, transport, finance and banking, science and expertise, humanitarian ties.

During your latest go to to China, did you come away with any recent insights out of your interactions with the Chinese management relating to India-China relations? How does Russia presently see its relations with India and China?

We are intently watching the method of normalisation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). We welcome the agreements reached after the phone dialog between the international ministers of India and China on February 25, 2021, aimed toward decision of the state of affairs. We extremely admire the constructive strategy demonstrated by each side. We pay due respect to the intentions of New Delhi and Beijing to behave independently and throughout the frameworks of established multilayer bilateral dialogue mechanisms, with out interference from outdoors.

Russia has acknowledged India’s pursuits in Afghanistan and in efforts to discover a answer to the state of affairs in Afghanistan. However, India was not a part of the latest “extended Troika” assembly in Moscow, and a few even speculated this was accomplished on the behest of Pakistan. What function does Russia see for India in Afghanistan?

India is a crucial participant within the settlement in Afghanistan and undoubtedly must be engaged in worldwide efforts supporting the Afghan nationwide reconciliation.

New Delhi just isn’t a participant of the prolonged “Troika” on Afghanistan, within the framework of which Moscow hosted intra-Afghan consultations on March 18 aimed toward facilitation of the launch of peace course of within the nation. At the identical time, India is a part of the Moscow format uniting the neighbouring states of Afghanistan, key regional international locations and the USA. Such a composition permits to coordinate the help to nationwide reconciliation course of based mostly on broad regional consensus.

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