On Thursday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Sushma Swaraj met Sergey Lavrov during her two-day visit to Moscow to attend and co-chair a key bilateral meeting and to have a conversation with the Russian leadership in order to boost the strategic partnership between both the countries.

“Always a pleasure to meet a good friend of India! EAM @SushmaSwaraj with Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov in her 1st engagement since arriving in Moscow. Both leaders had a good exchange of views on bilateral & regional issues. FM Lavrov hosted a dinner in honour of EAM,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

As per the sources, Swaraj two-day visit to Russia is her third visit to the country in past 11 months. During her visit she held discussions with her Turkmenistan counterpart Rashid Meredov on issues of bilateral interest, sources revealed.

Besides the discussions that took place, the 23rd India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Technical and Economic Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) will also be co-chaired and attended by the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. On the other hand, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Yuri Borisov will also co-chair the IRIGC-TEC.

Each year, the activities of bilateral cooperation in the various fields like bilateral trade and investment, science and technology, culture and other issues of mutual interest are reviewed annually by the standing body, IRIGC-TEC. After reviewing the bilateral cooperation in various fields, the commission in the concerned fields then provides policy recommendations and directions in order to seek improvement in the concerned fields.

“Maintaining the momentum of high-level exchanges,” Kumar tweeted ahead of the minister’s visit.

Sources said that the previous commission meeting took place in New Delhi in December 2017.

In May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for an informal summit in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi. The summit was held in order to convert the traditionally close India-Russia relationship to a “special privileged strategic partnership.”

Besides this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg in June.