India, Russia hold Foreign Office Consultations in Moscow
New Delhi, March 19, 2017
India and Russia discussed the complete range of their bilateral relations at their Foreign Office Consultations held in Moscow on March 17-18.
Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, who visited Moscow for the consultations, held discussions with Mr. Igor Morgulov and Mr. Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation.
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said they discussed, among other things, preparations for the 18th India-Russia Annual Summit, participation of Prime Minister of India as the Chief Guest at the XXI St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on 1-2 June, 2017 and plans to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between India and Russia.
Both sides acknowledged the commonality of their positions on regional and global issues, reform of international institutions, cooperation against terrorism, anti-narcotics and cooperation in regional groups like SCO, BRICS and RIC.
Dr. Jaishankar called on Ambassador Yuri Ushakov, Foreign Policy Aide to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as on Mr. Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Federation Council.
"The discussions were held in a productive and forward looking atmosphere, and underlined the strong foundations of India-Russia relations, and the importance attached to them by both countries," the release added.