India-Russia Ties Rely On Solid Foundation Of Mutual Trust, Immune To International Political Environment: Russian FM

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday (9 July) said that the strong and diversified ties between India and Russia rely on "solid foundation of mutual trust".

Addressing a joint press-conference with India's External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar after a bilateral meeting, Sergei also emphasised that India-Russia bilateral ties "enjoy strong immunity against the international political environment".

It should be noted that EAM Jaishankar was on a three-day visit to Russia from 7 to 9 July.

"We reaffirmed that strong and diversified ties between our countries rely on a solid foundation of mutual trust and enjoy strong immunity against the international political environment" Lavrov was quoted by ANI as saying.

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Meanwhile, EAM Jaishankar said that despite the fact that so many things are changing in the world both before and as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the "time-tested and trust-based relationship" between India and Russia is very much not just in place but remains very strong and continues to grow.

Ahead of the press conference, both leaders held a meeting to review preparations for bilateral India-Russia annual summit. In the meeting, wide range of discussions took place on regional issues including Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Libya, ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific.

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