Sergei Lavrov hits out at ‘colonial practises’ during India meeting

India and Russia, according to Lavrov, are adamantly opposed to "colonial practises like unilateral sanctions."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Moscow and New Delhi have stood firm against “colonial practises like unilateral sanctions” as he had wide-ranging discussions with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Wednesday.

The foreign minister of Russia declared that both Moscow and New Delhi consistently oppose neocolonial tactics such as illegitimate unilateral sanctions, threats, extortion, and other types of pressure on sovereign states.

Lavrov gave a speech at the Tolstoy-Gandhi exhibition’s opening ceremony in New Delhi the day before attending the G20 foreign ministers’ conference there.

The ongoing confrontation between Russia and Ukraine was covered, along with other topics of concern to both ministers. 

They also discussed the gathering of the G20 foreign ministers.

The 195th anniversary of the great Russian author Leo Tolstoy’s birth and the 75th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s tragic death are both significant milestones for both Russia and India, according to Lavrov.

Lavrov said, “It is becoming increasingly important now to study the rich legacy of our countries’ public figures and moral leaders. We appreciate the substantial creative potential of India’s G20 Presidency and its theme on the unity of nations and common future for humanity, which resonates with the philosophy of Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi.”

He noted that “respect for the cultural and civilisational diversity of the modern world and the inalienable right of nations to independently choose their development paths,” is something that both India and Russia have continuously promoted.

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