He is visiting Moscow at the invitation of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov

To hold India-Russia Foreign Office Consultations, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla will pay an official visit to Moscow on February 17-18.

During the Foreign Office Consultations, the two sides will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations, including the forthcoming high level exchanges, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Monday.

During the visit, Foreign Secretary will also meet Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov for an exchange of views on topical issues of regional and international importance.

He will also deliver a speech on ’India-Russia relations’ at the prestigious Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic situation, India and Russia have sustained the momentum of the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries.

This year’s first visit abroad by the Foreign Secretary to Moscow signifies the importance India attaches to its close and friendly relations with the Russian Federation.