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Updated March 24th, 2024 at 18:46 IST

India, Russia Continue to Look Out for Each Other's Interests: EAM Jaishankar

While interacting with the Indian community in Singapore, EAM Jaishankar dismissed the notion that Russia is drifting closer to China and away from India.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addressing the Indian community in Singapore.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addressing the Indian community in Singapore. | Image:X@DrSJaishankar
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Singapore: Dismissing the perception that Moscow is drifting towards Beijing, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, on Sunday, said that India has always enjoyed a positive relationship with Russia and that the two countries take ‘extra care’ to look out for each other's interest. His comments were made during an interaction with the Indian community in Singapore which the EAM is presently touring. 

"So, tell me has Russia helped us or harmed us? Has Russia at crucial moments contributed or obstructed? Going ahead, are there gains to be made from Russia or is it only damages which will come out?" he asked.

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“So, if I do my calculations from my perspective and my experiences, I will get the answer. And the answer in this case is that Russia is a country with which we have always had a positive relationship,” EAM Jaishankar said.

"Both India and Russia have taken that extra care to look after each other's interests. So, I think we should have that confidence as we go forward," he said while answering a question.

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The ties between India and Russia remained strong notwithstanding Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. India has not yet condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and it has been maintaining that the crisis must be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.

On a question on the US presidential election in November and India's equation with the country after that, Jaishankar said: "I prefer to be patient".

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Jaishankar said he is confident that India can get along with whoever is President of the US.

With inputs from PTI. 

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Published March 24th, 2024 at 18:46 IST

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