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India and Russia seek polycentric world: Moscow ahead of EAM trip


NEW DELHI: Before foreign minister S Jaishankar’s talks with his counterpart Sergey Lavrov above Ukraine and other global and regional issues, Russia stressed that both countries share a common position on “most pressing issues” as well as compliance with international law and the UN Charter, which the West accuses Russia of violating by invading and annexing Russia. enter the territory of Ukraine.
Moscow also said ahead of Tuesday’s dialogue, which will also look at ways to further strengthen energy ties despite Western sanctions, that both India and Russia are on the side of one world. more fair and equitable polycentric. While not condemning Russia’s actions in Ukraine, India has repeatedly called on Moscow, and indeed other countries, to respect the Charter of the United Nations, international law and the principles of sovereignty. sovereignty and territorial integrity. Ukraine is likely to dominate the agenda for Jaishankar’s meetings with Lavrov and Russian Trade Minister Denis Manturov although the talks will also focus on Afghanistan, Iran and strengthening cooperation at the UN as well as within the SCO, G20 and RIC (Russia-India-China) frameworks.
According to a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry, in the context of sanctions imposed by the West, the two countries will focus on improving trade and investment, transport and logistics, using national currencies. in joint settlements, as well as “promising projects in the energy sector, especially on the Arctic shelf and the Russian Far East”.
In remarks aimed at Western nations, many continue to closely monitor India’s high-level exchanges with Moscow, the Russian statement said that India and Russia support the active formation of a a more just and egalitarian multi-centred world order, and “progressing from the inadmissibility of imperialist diktat promotion on the global stage”.
“Both countries demonstrated closeness in positions on the most pressing issues and advocated adherence to widely recognized norms of international law, enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. . We aim to advance a unified agenda and build a constructive dialogue in the area of ​​interstate relations,” it said.
While Western media speculated about India mediating peace in Ukraine, diplomatic sources in India and other countries said they were not aware of any proposal for India to mediate in the conflict. conflict. Even so, India will continue to pressure Russia, including during Tuesday’s talks, to end the conflict and the West not to do anything that could further complicate the global economy. .

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