India and Russia are privileged strategic partners and they enjoy strong military, scientific, cultural, political, trade and commerce ties

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is landing in India on Monday on a two–day visit, giving New Delhi and Moscow an opportunity to discuss aspects of bilateral ties and lay ground for India-Russia annual summit.

“The visit will be a unique opportunity to discuss important aspects of our bilateral ties, also to review preparations for the next India Russia annual summit and also perhaps discuss regional and international issues of mutual interest,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had maintained.

“During the visit, Sergey Lavrov will discuss topical issues of bilateral relations with an emphasis on the forthcoming high and highest level meetings as well as implementation of outcomes of the 20th Russian-Indian summit held on September 4-5, 2019 in Vladivostok,” the Russian embassy said in a statement.

In the course of his meeting with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar, the visiting Russian Foreign Minister will exchange views on vital issues of regional and international importance, including interaction in the UN, the SCO, the BRICS and the RIC.

“Important set of topics related to the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and Afghanistan will be discussed,” the Russian embassy said.

“India is a responsible and influential global player. We share the same vision of the model of the emerging polycentric world order. We attach great importance to collective work based on the principles of good will, consensus and equality, rejection of confrontation and bloc-type approaches,” the embassy added.

“In the spirit of the special and privileged strategic partnership we regularly check the status of our positions and coordinate approaches on a wide range of issues, including reform of the global governance and strengthening the UN's central coordinating role in international affairs,” the Russian embassy said.