With a focus on preparations for the annual India-Russia summit, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday held wide-ranging talks during which New Delhi shared its viewpoint on the Indo-Pacific.
Addressing a joint press event after his talks with Jaishankar, Lavrov dismissed suggestions of any future military alliance between Russia and China.
“By the way, we have heard speculation about pro-military alliances not only with respect to Russia and China relations, we have also heard about such alliances allegedly being promoted such as Middle East-NATO, Asia-NATO. Today we exchanged views on this and our Indian friends have the same position as we. We believe that this is counter productive,” he said in Russian.
“We are interested in inclusive cooperation that is for something, not against somebody,” Lavrov asserted.
Defence cooperation as well as weapons manufacturing was also discussed during the talks, he said.
At the joint presser after the talks, Jaishankar said the discussions were warm, comprehensive and productive.