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.
Amid crippling COVID-19 situation in national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on May 09 announced that metro rail services will remain suspended till 5 am on May 17. Delhi entered into an extended period of lockdown with strict restrictions to further curb the COVID surge. Positivity rate of Delhi dipped to 23% from 35% amid lockdown restrictions.
Petrol and diesel prices in the national capital stood at Rs 91.53 and Rs 82.06 per litre, respectively on May 10. The petrol prices were increased by 26 paise per litre and diesel by 33 paise in Delhi. Petrol prices witnessed a minor surge across country and differ from state to state depending on the incidence of value-added tax. In Mumbai, the price of petrol and diesel stood at Rs 97.86 and Rs 89.17 per litre respectively. The price of petrol and diesel in Chennai was Rs 93.38 and Rs 86.96 per litre respectively and Rs 91.66 and Rs 84.90 per litre in Kolkata.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said that recent developments in the country have opened up new opportunities for Russian businesses in various sectors. "The Atmanirbhar Bharat economic vision can facilitate more contemporary economic relationship in the post COVID era," he said. After meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Jaishankar said, "Russian support for our Gaganyaan programme has progressed, which we deeply appreciate. Our defence requirement in the past year was expeditiously addressed."