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Not seeking to change India-Russia ties, says US

The US State Department's remarks came amid Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to India.

India TV News Desk Written by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: April 01, 2022 8:42 IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi 

Highlights

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in Delhi on Thursday on an official tour
  • Lavrov's India trip is the first highest-level visit from Russia since Moscow attacked Ukraine
  • According to reports, India and Russia are exploring a rupee-rouble bilateral trade

As Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is on a two-day official visit to India, the US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price on Thursday said that every country has its own relationship with Moscow and Washington is not seeking any change in that.

"Different countries are going to have their own relationship with the Russian Federation. It's a fact of history. It's a fact of geography. That is not something that we are seeking to change," Price said during a press briefing.

He continued by saying, "What we are seeking to do, whether it is in the context of India or other partners and allies around the world, is to do all we can to see to it that the international community is speaking in unison, speaking loudly against this unjustified, unprovoked premeditated aggression, calling for an end to the violence using the leverage that countries including India, have to those ends."

Price made these remarks amid Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to India. He is expected to meet and hold talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar today.

"...We understand that what we are asking for, what we are calling for is that all countries use the leverage that they have to make sure that that message is coming across to Vladimir Putin loud and clear," he said.

While answering India working out any rupee-rouble conversion for trade, Price said, "I would refer to our Indian partners when it comes to any such rupee-ruble conversion that may have been discussed."

Price further said, "When it comes to 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 these are principles. These are ideals that transcend any geographic region."

"It's not in our interest. It's not in Japan's, Australia's, or India's interest to see flagrant examples of countries whether in Europe, whether in the Indo Pacific, whether anywhere in between, of countries flouting, violating rules-based international order," he added.

Russia launched its invasion on February 24 after recognizing the Ukrainian breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as "independent republics." Russia has since continued to maintain that the aim of its operations has been to "demilitarize" and "de-nazify" the country. Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, many Western nations and European countries have imposed tough sanctions on Russia targeting its economy and financial system.

READ MORE: Russian FM Sergey Lavrov begins two-day visit to India amid Ukraine conflict

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