Russia, India inch closer to jointly producing weapons. This was said by Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, in Moscow on Wednesday, after he met with S. Jaishankar, the Indian foreign minister, who was visiting.
On Monday, the Indian minister started a five-day trip to Russia. At a joint press meeting with Lavrov, the two men talked about the possibility of working together on military and technical issues, such as making new weapons.
Sergey Lavrov wearing a black suit and S. Jaishankar wearing a black stripe suit
In a very important meeting between Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and S. Jaishankar, the Indian foreign minister, the two countries made a lot of progress in their talks about making military tools together. Lavrov told the press at a joint meeting, pointing out the real progress that had been made during their talks.
We also have [taken] specific steps in this area.- Sergey Lavrov
It is seen as important for Russia and India to work together on military and technical issues. This is because it is in both countries' best interests and helps keep Eurasia safe. Lavrov praised India's efforts to broaden its military and technical ties.
We also understand and we are ready to support their initiative to produce military products as part of the 'Make in India' program.- Sergey Lavrov
While Jaishankar was in Russia for five days, he met with President Vladimir Putin and asked him to invite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come. Putin said, emphasizing how far the two countries still have to go in their relationship.
We will be happy to see our friend Prime Minister Modi in Russia.- President Vladimir Putin
When Jaishankar and Putin talked, they talked about a lot of things, including what was going on in Ukraine. Putin agreed with Modi's view on "hot spots" and Ukraine, and he emphasized his dedication to peaceful solutions. In a post on social media after the meeting, Jaishankar said he was "honored to call on President Vladimir Putin" and sent a personal message from Modi along with warm wishes.
Lavrov and Jaishankar agreed on several ways to improve cooperation. These included plans for the International North-South Transport Corridor, which would join Russia and India, and for the opening of a sea route between Chennai and Vladivostok. The leaders also talked about things like the war in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Gaza, and working together in groups like BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Jaishankar talked about how strong the relationship between India and Russia is. He said that the ties are stable and strong because they are based on shared interests and mutual gain.
He talked about how trade between the two countries had reached more than $50 billion and was expected to go even higher this year. Despite problems in geopolitics, Jaishankar said he was sure that there would be a yearly summit between Russia and India next year.
Experts say that India's continued relationship with Russia, which gives it a lot of weapons, shows how things are in the area and in geopolitics. Jawaharlal Nehru University's Sanjay Kumar Pandey said that India's relationships with Western countries have been tense, which is why this visit is so important for sending political signals.
Raj Kumar Sharma, a senior research fellow at NatStrat, said that India is likely to put a lot of weight on discussion to solve problems. This could mean that India supports a strong Russia in a world with multiple powers. It is also likely that the visit will include talks about Moscow's relationships with Beijing in a world that is changing quickly.
Russia and India's recent talks are a big step forward in their strategic relationship, especially when it comes to making military equipment together. The promise to expand military and scientific ties and back India's "Make in India" program shows how closely the two countries work together.
The meeting between Jaishankar and Putin, along with the many agreements they made on trade routes, geopolitical problems, and working together on the economy, show how strong and stable the relationship between India and Russia is.