Emphasizing bilateral cooperation… Russian Foreign Minister “Thanks to India for Unbiased”
[모스크바(러시아)=AP/뉴시스]Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a press conference in Moscow, Russia, on the 5th (local time). 2022.03.20.
[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Kim Ji-eun = Russia and India held a meeting of foreign ministers under pressure from the West to impose sanctions on the Ukraine war and emphasized cooperative relations.
According to Russian state news agency TASS News on the 1st (local time), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Foreign Minister Subramanyam Jaishankar held a bilateral meeting in New Delhi, India on the same day.
“(Russia) is grateful that India is accepting the situation (Ukraine) on the basis of the facts, not in a unilateral way,” Lavrov said at the meeting.
“Friendship is a key word to describe the history of Russia-India relations,” he said.
Foreign Minister Jaishankar also said that “India has always favored and resolved differences and conflicts through dialogue and diplomacy.”
India has not directly criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine so far, relying on Russia for military arms imports. Not only did he not participate in sanctions, he also abstained from several UN resolutions condemning Russia.
In response, Western countries, including the United States, are demanding that India join in sanctions against Russia and condemn it.
At a press conference after the talks ended, Lavrov also mentioned that negotiations with Ukraine had progressed to some extent.
“Negotiations must continue,” he said, explaining that Ukraine made its first documented proposal at the fifth round of negotiations held in Turkey on the 29th of last month.
“We are preparing a reply,” he said. “There is progress on the point that Ukraine cannot become a camp state, it cannot become a North Atlantic alliance, and that it should be on denuclearization and a non-camp state.”
Ukraine offered to agree to the status of a neutral nation and denuclearization if it guarantees safety in the fifth round of negotiations. Russia has asked Ukraine to abandon its plans to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Lavrov argued that Ukraine had also shown a greater understanding of the situation in Krm (Russian name: Crimea) and Donbas (pro-Russian region of eastern Ukraine).
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is on the 37th day. The two sides resumed the sixth round of negotiations via video this afternoon.
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