New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will visit Moscow next month and hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov there on November 8. The spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry gave this information. The proposed visit comes amid renewed clashes between Russia and Ukraine following a major explosion in Crimea nearly two weeks ago. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said, “Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks with Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar in Moscow on November 8. He said, “Both the ministers will discuss the current status of bilateral relations and the international agenda.”
There has been no statement from the Ministry of External Affairs on Jaishankar’s proposed visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held several talks with Russian President Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky since the start of Russia’s attacks on Ukraine in February. Modi had said in a phone conversation with Zelensky on October 4 that there can be no military solution and that India is ready to contribute to any peace effort.
Modi had said in a bilateral meeting with Putin in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on September 16 that “Today is not the era of war. India has not yet condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine and has said the crisis should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy. The conflict between the two has escalated since Russia launched missile strikes targeting several Ukrainian cities in response to a major explosion in Crimea nearly two weeks ago. Russia has blamed Ukraine for the explosion.