Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was briefed by his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev in detail about the Biden-Putin Geneva Summit on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) NSA meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan with Afghanistan-Pakistan, China and cyber-security on top of the agenda.
The meeting between the two NSAs with Patrsuhev, considered very close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Thursday was extraordinary and extended for over two and a half hours with discussion on contemporary developments of bilateral, regional and global significance.
According to diplomats based in New Delhi and Moscow, the Patrushev-Doval meeting came after the Russian NSA met US NSA Jake Sullivan and Chinese NSA Yang Jiechi in May before the crucial Putin-Biden summit on June 16 in Geneva. While India has maintained a studied silence over the Geneva summit, it is happy that the two former adversaries have decided to talk and move towards the normalization of ties.
NSA Doval was briefed about the strategic stability and cybersecurity discussion between the Russian and the US presidents. It is understood that Patrushev told Doval that Russia will protect its national interest but will do not anything against India.
The two NSA discussed the fall-out of US-NATO forces withdrawal from Afghanistan and how the rise of Sunni Taliban will impact the stability of Central Asian Republics across the Amu Darya.