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India intends to maintain a high level of cooperation with Russia

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India's Ambassador to Russia Pavan Kapoor noted that in 2022 India worked closely with Russia in the UN Security Council.

New Delhi intends to maintain a high level of interaction with Moscow, and a series of contacts at the ministerial level is planned for 2023. This was announced on Thursday by Indian Ambassador to Russia Pavan Kapoor during the conference "Strategic Partnership of India and Russia: new challenges and opportunities in a changing world order."

"We are determined to maintain a high level of interaction [with the Russian Federation]. Despite the challenges, we have continued [contacts] over the past year," Pavan Kapoor said, speaking online during the conference.

The Indian diplomat recalled regular contacts and telephone conversations between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, including their meeting in Samarkand on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit. "This is not counting other meetings at the ministerial level that we have had and will continue during this year," the ambassador said.

He recalled that this year India, as chairman of the Group of Twenty and the SCO, will hold meetings within the framework of the events of these associations. "We expect [Russian Foreign Minister Sergei] Lavrov to visit [India] several times. These are multilateral forums, but I am sure that we will have the opportunity to discuss bilateral issues," the Indian ambassador said.

Cooperation in the UN Security Council

In 2022, India worked closely with Russia in the UN Security Council, Pawan Kapoor noted. "I should also mention that we worked quite closely with our Russian friends at the UN Security Council last year and we hope to continue consultations at the UN," he said, speaking at the conference.

The UN Security Council consists of five permanent members - Russia, Great Britain, China, the USA, France - and ten non-permanent members elected by the UN General Assembly for two years. On December 31, 2022, the term of office of five of them expired - India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Norway. The vacant seats were taken by Malta, Mozambique, Switzerland, Ecuador, Japan. Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the UAE will also remain in the UN Security Council until the end of 2023.

India chaired the UN Security Council in December last year.

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