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EAM S Jaishankar appreciates Russia’s timely support to India during second wave of COVID-19 & for Sputnik V vaccination collaboration

Updated: July 9, 2021 1:52 pm

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar appreciated Russia’s timely support during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India and also for the Sputnik V collaboration. Russia Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is piloting Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, which has partnered with the Hyderabad-based Dr Reddy’s Laboratories to supply COVID-19 doses vaccine in India.

Dr Jaishankar is on a three-day visit to Russia. He also met the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov yesterday and reviewed the economic cooperation between the two countries. In a tweet, the External Affairs Minister said, he held a  productive review of economic cooperation with Mr Borisov, the co-chair of India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission-TEC (IRIGC-TEC).

The India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) is the apex G2G forum for bilateral economic cooperation. IRIGC-TEC is chaired by the External Affairs Minister from the Indian side and Deputy Prime Minister from the Russian side.

Dr Jaishankar also took stock of engagement in trade and investment, connectivity, energy, transport, and Science and Technology.

Meanwhile, he also welcomed Borisov for the upcoming Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) meeting in India.

Earlier in the day, the External Affairs Minister said the relations between Russia and India have been among the steadiest of the major relationships in the world after the Second World War. In his speech on “India-Russia ties in a changing world” in Moscow, the Minister said the undeniable reality of the exceptional resilience of India-Russia ties is surely a phenomenon that is worth analyzing.

He said the big issues of these times are combating terrorism, addressing pandemics and acting on climate change. Dr Jaishankar said India and Russia are unquestionably on the same page on all of these issues. He said both India and Russia have been victims of fundamentalist thinking and know the dangers of radicalization and extremism. He added that on climate change, Russia can really be an indispensable partner as India transitions towards greater LNG consumption and renewables.

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