- Ready to give anything India wants to buy: Sergei Lavrov
- Lavrov said efforts would be intensified to move away from the dollar-based payment system.
- Lavrov said that the ties between the two countries have remained everlasting, even in many difficult times in the past.
New Delhi: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that his country is ready to give anything that India wants to buy. Actually, Lavrov was replying to a question about India’s plan to buy oil at a concessional rate. He also said that Russia has developed a system to trade in national currencies with countries like India and that efforts will be intensified to move away from dollar-based payment systems. Let us tell you that America is strongly opposed to such an exercise.
‘We are looking for ways to remove obstacles’
Soon after talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Lavrov said Russia was exploring ways to remove barriers to bilateral trade with its allies and partners. Lavrov said that the rupee-ruble payment system for trade with India was implemented earlier and can be further strengthened. “More and more transactions will be done using national currencies and bypassing the dollar-based system,” he said. If the talk on this payment system goes ahead, then it will definitely be a big setback for America.
‘India follows an independent foreign policy’
Asked about India’s plan to buy oil from Russia at subsidized rates, Lavrov said Moscow is ready to provide whatever India wants to buy. Russia’s foreign minister lauded India’s stand on the Ukraine crisis, saying it follows an independent foreign policy. Lavrov also said that Russia’s foreign policy is also based on the principles of Indian foreign policy. He said that this is the reason why we have friendly relations between the two big countries and we are each other’s reliable partners.
‘The relations between the two countries have remained everlasting’
Earlier, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said after his meeting with Lavrov that India has tried to diversify cooperation while expanding its “agenda”. Jaishankar said that our meeting today is taking place in the tense situation prevailing at the international level and India has always been in favor of resolving differences or disputes through dialogue and diplomacy. At the same time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the relations between the two countries remained everlasting even on many difficult times in the past.
America warned on transactions with Russia
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov appreciated India’s stand on the current situation during talks with Jaishankar. The meeting between Jaishankar and Lavrov came a day after the US warned that countries creating a deadlock in US sanctions against Russia would face consequences. The high-level meeting between India and Russia took place in the backdrop of indications that India’s possibilities of buying large quantities of oil from Russia at wide discounts and rupee-ruble exchange arrangement for bilateral trade emerged.
‘Countries creating deadlock will have to face consequences’
Hours before Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s arrival in India, US Deputy National Security Advisor (Deputy NSA) Dalip Singh had warned that countries creating a stalemate in US sanctions against Russia would face consequences. After holding several meetings with Indian interlocutors, including Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Singh had also said that the US would not like to see any country engaging in financial transactions with the Russian central bank.