“Prime Minister reiterated his call for an early cessation of violence, and conveyed India’s readiness to contribute in any way to the peace efforts,” Mr. Modi’s office said.
Mr. Lavrov lashed out at the “West” for attempting to “blackmail” India and other countries that are not part of the sanctions, like China.
“I have no doubt that a way would be found to bypass the artificial impediments which illegal unilateral sanctions by the West create. This relates also to the area of military and technical cooperation. We have no doubt that the solution would be found and respective ministries are working,” Mr. Lavrov said at a press conference after his bilateral talks, making it clear that Russia is moving ahead with both India and China on the use of national currencies rather than the dollar-based international systems, and these efforts would be “intensified”.