Union External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar attended a virtual conversation, called 'Global Dialogue Series'on May 05. On current relations between India and China, he said, "The relationship is going through a very difficult phase because in violation of agreements and understandings of many years, the Chinese have deployed a very large part of the military on/close to LAC without explanation. We have been very clear with the Chinese that peace and tranquillity on the border and border areas absolutely essential to the development of our relationship. I can't have friction, bloodshed, intimidation on the borders and then say let's have a good relationship in other domains." He further said, "India and China have made some progress in some areas. We haven't come to the de-escalation part of it which will follow after disengagement is done. Last conversation with China was focused on COVID and the Chinese Foreign Minister also said the same to me. During the conversation with the Chinese Foreign Minister, I told him that the best way you could help would be to look into the difficulties being faced by some of our companies that are ordering stuff from China. After our conversation, things immediately moved."
India’s foreign minister has been forced to pull out of attending the G7 meeting in London in person after two positive coronavirus cases were detected in the country’s travelling delegation.Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was participating virtually in the event after coming into contact with the suspected cases, although he has not tested positive.
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Union External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar attended a virtual conversation, called 'Global Dialogue Series' on May 05. He said, "There's increase in demand (medical oxygen) and it's my obligation as government to meet it. I have to move heaven and earth but I have to meet it in some way. We have encouraged businesses to change their production practices to free up industrial oxygen and convert it into medical oxygen. We are running trains so that oxygen comes to population centres as production centres are very distant. We have been trying to purchase tankers from abroad." He further said, "That is what my Missions are doing, they are looking for cryogenic tanks, for generators, concentrators. IAF is picking up empty tanks, flying them back so that we save driving time. It's a difficult crisis but I can tell you we are giving everything we have and more."
Union External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar attended a virtual conversation, called 'Global Dialogue Series' on May 05. He said, "Our healthcare system stands exposed, very clear that over 75 years we have underinvested in health. Maybe there were reasons, it's very easy to say you should've put in more money. Now that I'm in government, I can tell you it's not as easy as it sounds. This isn't a defence of today's situation, I'm saying this for over 75 years. It is that realisation that the Prime Minister was pushing for Ayushman Bharat as we had reached a stage where the Prime Minister genuinely believed we can't leave people to vagaries of private practitioners, however, good they may be." He further said, "But having said that, you have what you have at this point of time which is an underinvested health sector over many decades...In a crisis today, even though I have limitations, I have to make that extra effort, find some way by which I can respond to today's crisis. If somebody is sick, if somebody is looking for oxygen, if somebody is looking for Remdesivir, they are not going to listen to policy explanation. They want to see practical answers on the ground."
Russia will ask 10 US diplomats to leave the country in a “tit-for-tat response” to the Biden administration expelling 10 Russian diplomats, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow. The Biden administration targeted Russia with sanctions and diplomatic expulsions for its interference in the 2020 US election, its SolarWinds cyberattack and its ongoing occupation and “severe human rights abuses” in Crimea.
Russian Envoy Nikolay Kudashev on April 14 said that India and Russia ties remain equal, solid, comprehensive, coherent and forward looking despite any global turbulence. "Our ties remain equal, solid, comprehensive, coherent and forward looking despite any global turbulence. They're based on universal principles of interstate relations, international law, UN's Charter and respect of other interests," he said. "They're based on universal principles of interstate relations, international law, UN's Charter and respect of other interests," he said. "It was considerable step in terms of preparation for further highest level exchanges, including planned visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India in 2nd half of this yr," said Ambassador Kudashev on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's India visit. Russian Ambassador Kudashev said "In Defence, Russia remains the leading Indian partner. Internationally, we are on the same page with regards to the issues of promoting strategic stability and international security." "We stand strong in supporting the central role of the United Nations and we expand our coordination during the current Indian non-permanent membership in the Security Council," he added.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov revealed that he discussed the prospect of greater production of Russian military tech in India with his counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. Addressing a press conference after their meeting, Lavrov cited the Modi government's 'Make In India' and 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' initiatives. He is in Delhi to set the stage for the annual India-Russia summit. Watch the full video for more.
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