This will be his first visit to India since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov be visitinf New Delhi on March 31 and April 1, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Wednesday.

​"Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Sergey Lavrov will pay an official visit to New Delhi on 31 March -1 April 2022," the MEA said. There was no official word on Lavrov's engagements in New Delhi or the agenda for his visit.

This will be the highest-level visit to India from Russia since it launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Lavrov's visit will come barely a week after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi flew in to New Delhi and met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

Interestingly, Lavrov’s trip to India will coincide with that of British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, US Deputy National Security Advisor for international economics Daleep Singh and German Foreign and Security Policy Advisor Jens Plotner.

Ever since the Russian invasion began, India has abstained from voting on United Nations resolutions on Ukraine. India has consistently highlighted the need for dialogue and diplomacy to deal with the Ukraine issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held several rounds of telephonic conversations with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.