Ajit Doval, the National Security Adviser (NSA), met with Denis Valentinovich Manturov, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia, on Monday to address a wide range of bilateral issues pertaining to the implementation of the strategic partnership between India and Russia.
Manturov is in India for a two-day visit to serve as co-chair of the Intergovernmental Russian-Indian Commission, which aims to strengthen economic ties between the two countries.
Free trade talks between India and Russia would strengthen their already strong bilateral commercial relations, which have grown since the conflict in Ukraine.
Manturov co-chaired the 24th meeting of the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) on the first day of his visit.
The IRIGC-TEC is the main institutional mechanism supervising economic cooperation. It combines six working groups on energy, modernisation and industrial cooperation, tourism and culture, science and technology, and information technology.
The co-chairs of the 24th IGC conference will sign the final protocol during a plenary session of the intergovernmental commission (IGC) on Tuesday. The bilateral Inter-Governmental Commission meeting will be co-chaired by Manturov and Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar on April 18, 2023.
The subject of bilateral trade, as well as economic and humanitarian cooperation, are on both parties’ agendas. In addition, Manturov will attend several bilateral meetings, the Russian embassy in India tweeted.
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