India’s relations with Russia are time-tested and strategic and will not be influenced by ties with different international locations, exterior affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated on Thursday.
Bagchi was responding to questions throughout the weekly information briefing on Russian international minister Sergey Lavrov’s go to to Pakistan after a visit to India, and Moscow’s provide to provide navy gear to Islamabad.
Lavrov’s go to to India supplied a “good alternative to resume and overview our particular and privileged partnership” and a broad vary of points have been mentioned, he stated.
Whereas declining to touch upon Lavrov’s go to to Pakistan, Bagchi stated: “India’s shut, time-tested and strategic relations with Russia stand on their very own advantage and will not be influenced by relations with different international locations.”
He added, “As regards the availability of defence gear by Russia to Pakistan, you might be conscious of India’s well-known place on this and I needn’t repeat it.”
Lavrov had stated at a joint information convention together with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday that Russia stands prepared to provide particular navy gear to Pakistan to strengthen its counter-terrorism capabilities.
Lavrov, the primary Russian international minister to journey to Islamabad in virtually a decade, additionally met Pakistan Military chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran Khan, who raised the Kashmir problem throughout their talks.
There was no assembly between Lavrov and the Indian prime minister throughout his two-day go to to New Delhi.
In response to a different query, Bagchi dismissed hypothesis about Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelling to Pakistan for a attainable summit of the South Asian Affiliation for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). A number of studies within the Pakistani media had speculated that Modi may go to Pakistan for the summit later this 12 months.
“Relating to speculations concerning the SAARC Summit, I’ve nothing to share with you in the mean time,” Bagchi stated.
Requested if there have been channels of communication between India and Pakistan, he stated, “Let me simply recall that our respective excessive commissions exist and are functioning, in order that’s a really efficient channel of communication.”