The maiden 2+2 Ministerial-level Dialogue between India and Russia was held in New Delhi on Monday. The Indian side was headed by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, while the Russian side was led by Russian Defence Minister General Sergey Shoigu and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov.
In his opening remarks, Rajnath Singh described the first 2+2 Ministerial Level Dialogue as a historic meeting between the two nations.
The Raksha Mantri said that they discussed the emerging challenges facing India and the enhanced requirement of India for closer military and military-technical cooperation with Russia.
“The pandemic, the extraordinary militarisation and expansion of armament in our neighbourhood and the completely unprovoked aggression on our northern border since early summer of 2020 have thrown in several challenges. India is confident of overcoming these challenges with the strong political will and inherent capability of its people. Recognising that its development needs are colossal and that its defence challenges are legitimate, real and immediate, India seeks partners who are sensitive and responsive to India's expectations and requirements,” he said.