Sushma Swaraj meets Russian counterpart, holds talks on bilateral, regional issues

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External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj on September 13 met her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow and held talks on bilateral and regional issues to boost strategic partnership. She is on a two-day visit to Russia and this visit is her third visit in past 11 months.

EAM spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted, “Always a pleasure to meet a good friend of India! EAM @SushmaSwaraj with Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov in her 1st engagement since arriving in Moscow. Both leaders had a good exchange of views on bilateral & regional issues. FM Lavrov hosted a dinner in honour of EAM.”

During her visit Swaraj will attend the 23rd India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Technical and Economic Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) which is co-chaired by her and Yuri Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

Swaraj said, “I have come here for a bilateral meeting. I had no idea that he (Lavrov) would be coming to meet me. I am obliged and thank him for finding time to meet me. India-Russia relations are warm and cordial. President (Vladimir) Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meetings have further strengthened our ties.”