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What the US Has to Say About India-Russia Relations Ahead of the Visit of the Russian Foreign Minister


The Russian foreign minister arrived in New Delhi after a two -day visit to China. (File)

Washington:

While Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is on a two -day official visit to India, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price on Thursday (local time) said that each country has its own ties with Moscow and Washington is not looking for any change in that regard.

“Different countries will have their own relationship with the Russian Federation. It’s a historical fact. It’s a geographical fact. That’s not something we want to change,” Price said during a press briefing.

He went on to say, “What we are trying to do, whether in the context of India or other partners and allies around the world, is to do everything we can to ensure that the international community speaks simultaneously, speaks loudly against organized aggression. this unwarranted and unprovoked, calls for an end to violence using the influence that countries including India, need for that purpose. ”

Price made this statement amid Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to India. He is expected to meet and hold talks with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar today.

“… We understand that what we are asking for, what we are calling for is that all countries use the leverage they have to make sure the message reaches Vladimir Putin loudly and clearly,” he said.

While responding that India is undertaking any rupee-ruble conversion for trade, Price said, “I will refer to our Indian partners when it involves any such rupee-ruble conversion that may have been discussed.”

Price went on to say, “When talking about the Quad, one of the core principles of the Quad is the idea of ​​a free and open Indo Pacific that is specific in that context to the Indo Pacific, but this is a principle. This is an ambition that transcends any geographical area. “

“It is not in our interest. It is not in the interest of Japan, Australia, or India to see real examples of countries either in Europe, or in the Indo Pacific, or anywhere in between, countries that violate, violate rule-based international rules,” he said. he added.

Russia launched its invasion on February 24 after recognizing the Ukrainian separation territories of Donetsk and Luhansk as “independent republics.” Since then, Russia has continued to maintain that the goal of its operations is to “demilitarize” and “def-nazify” the country.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many Western and European countries have imposed harsh sanctions on Russia targeting its economy and financial system.

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