Russian foreign minister reaches Delhi


New Delhi: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in India on Thursday on a two-day official visit, his first trip to the country since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Welcoming the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov as he arrives in New Delhi for an official visit,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Lavrov will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Friday.

A media advisory on Lavrov’s visit issued by the MEA has not mentioned any meeting between Lavrov and PM Modi.

His visit to India coincides with that of US deputy national security adviser Daleep Singh and British foreign secretary Liz Truss. EU Special Envoy for the Indo-Pacific Gabriele Visentin also visited New Delhi this week.

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