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Russia has commended India for not supporting efforts to isolate Russia in multilateral fora. Russian Ambassador Denis Alipov said on Tuesday that bilateral trade between the two countries is increasing, so India’s move is commendable.
Haste not good for BRICS expansion: Alipov
Alipov also said that the idea of expanding BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) received “in-principle support” at the group’s recent virtual summit, but added that any haste in the matter could be counterproductive. . “It is necessary to think in detail about the principles, standards and procedures of such a process. It should be developed through debate and consensus,” Alipov told the Russian newspaper Sputnik.
BRICS, in its announcement after the June 23 summit, said it supports promoting discussion among members on the expansion process, but stressed that it should be based on full consultation and consensus.
Russia’s relationship with India rests on deep strategic foundation: Alipov
On Russia’s relations with India, he said that this partnership rests on a deep strategic foundation, drawing its strength not only from strong historical roots, but also on similar visions of a future world order.
He said, “We are grateful to New Delhi for the objective assessment of Ukrainian events. Clearly they understand the background of the current geopolitical and geo-economic situation… They are currently facing the global food and energy crisis. see the disastrous role of illegitimate sanctions in Genesis.” Alipov said India does not support efforts to isolate Russia.
Alipov said, “India does not support efforts to isolate Russia in multilateral fora and criticizes Western countries’ desire to reduce the international agenda to the conflict in question, ignoring other major global and regional problems.” does.”
He said that “pressure exerted by Western countries, aggressively imposing their own terms about whether or not to be friends with anyone, causes such decrees to be rejected.”
‘We have to be realistic about what is happening right now’
Alipov said, “We have to be realistic about what is happening at the moment. India is interested in developing cooperation with the rest of the world, including the US and Europe. There is a need to uphold national interests and strategic autonomy.” Necessity guides Indians in their actions.”
His remarks came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the state of global energy and food markets in the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis. The two leaders also discussed ways to further encourage bilateral trade in agricultural commodities, fertilizers and pharma products.
Significantly, India has not yet condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has been pressing for a resolution of the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy. On India-Russia trade ties, Alipov said, “I hope that the positive dynamics of trade will continue, despite the sanctions of Western countries against Russia.”