New Delhi, October 27
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will travel to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on November 8, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday.
The proposed visit comes amid a new wave of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine following a huge explosion in Crimea nearly two weeks ago.
“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on November 8 in Moscow,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
“Ministers will discuss the current state of bilateral relations and the international agenda,” she added.
There is no comment yet from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Jaishankar’s proposed visit.
Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine in February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken on several occasions with Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
In a phone conversation with Zelenskyy on October 4, Modi said there could be “no military solution” and that India was ready to help in any peace effort.
During a bilateral meeting with Putin in the Uzbek city of Samarkand on September 16, Modi told the Russian president that “the era of today is not one of war.”
India has yet to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and maintains that the crisis must be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.
There has been an escalation in hostilities between Russia and Ukraine, with Moscow carrying out retaliatory missile strikes targeting various Ukrainian cities in response to a huge explosion in Crimea around two weeks ago.
Moscow blamed Kyiv for the explosion.