Jaishankar, Lavrov will hold talks in Moscow on November 8

A day after Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu summoned the defense ministers of India and China to express Moscow’s concerns over alleged Ukrainian plans to use a “dirty bomb”, repeating allegations that Ukraine and the West have already rejected, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Foreign Minister S Jaishankar 8 In November, he will travel to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold talks with Indian Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar in Moscow on November 8,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. “Ministers will discuss the current state of bilateral relations and the international agenda.”

Lavrov visited India in April where he held extensive talks with Jaishankar and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited India in December last year to attend the annual India-Russia Summit.

The two countries have an arrangement under which the Prime Minister of India and the Russian President hold an annual summit to review the entire course of relations. Modi is likely to visit Russia this year.

On Wednesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu called on the defense ministers of India and China to express Moscow’s concerns over alleged Ukrainian plans to use a “dirty bomb”. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, on his part, told Shoigu that the conflict in Ukraine should be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy and that the nuclear option should not be resorted to by either side.

Shoigu briefed Singh on the evolving situation in Ukraine, including his concerns about possible “provocation through the use of ‘dirty bombs’,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

On October 10, hours after Russia fired cruise missiles at Ukrainian cities, including civilian installations in Kiev, killing at least 11 people, India said it was “deeply concerned” by the escalation of the conflict, including the targeting of infrastructure and civilian deaths. .

It was one of New Delhi’s sharpest statements after Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin “today is not an era of war” on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. India has yet to publicly condemn Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

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