Indo-Pacific and India’s security concerns were discussed by India and Russia, stated by Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday who is the Foreign Secretary.
He further added that there was a good sense that both the countries are already cooperating “quite extensively” on places that involved the region.
“The discussions at 2+2 were quite extensive, covered a very wide range of areas. We discussed South East Asia, ASEAN,” said Shirngla during a press conference here on Monday emphasizing “of course, we did discuss Indo-Pacific and India’s security concerns.”
Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister, and S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister hosted talks with their Russian fellow Sergey Shoigu and Sergey Lavrov, respectively, while the dialogue was on.
He even stressed that “as far as Indo-Pacific is concerned, there was a sense that we are cooperating quite extensively already with Russia on areas that involved the region.”
“I can say, issues which were related to our security concerns, those all issues were discussed. And I cannot say more than this,” stated Shringla while he was asked if the India-China border issue in Eastern Ladakh was being discussed with the Russian side today in the meeting.
“I did mention the Vladivostok-Chennai Maritime Corridor that link which is an important one where the DPR is nearing completion and we are looking at operationalizing that maritime corridor quite soon,” he stated.
“We have also discussed with Russia on extending our cooperation in the Indian Ocean region also maritime cooperation,” Shringla stated, highlighting, “So we are working with Russia in the region.”
While mentioning the Buddhist ties with Russia, he stated, “We are looking at intensifying our Buddhist things with Russia. There are apparently 15 million Buddhists in Russia.”
“This community is keen on looking at India for pilgrimage and other areas of interest,” Shringla stated, highlighting “cultural cooperation is also important for both countries.