Russia and India plan to continue coordinating efforts as part of BRICS:
Russia and India plan to continue joint coordination of efforts as part of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and other international formats, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and Indian First Deputy Foreign Minister Vijay Keshav Gokhale held consultations in New Delhi.
"At the meeting both the sides noted an unprecedented character of Russian-Indian especially privileged strategic partnership and highly assessed positive dynamics of bilateral relations in various areas," the ministry said. The sides emphasized their intention "to further coordinate efforts of the two countries on the international arena, including as part of BRICS and other multilateral formats."
The ministry also stressed that during the consultations the sides stated that Russia and India share their approaches to vital global and regional issues, including the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program. They also discussed in detail the issues related to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and other issues of the current agenda in the sphere of arms control and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
The sides confirmed their joint "commitment to forming a polycentric world order based on fair and democratic principles and the rule of law," the statement said. Ryabkov took part in the international conference Raisina Dialogue held in the Indian capital on January 8-10. On the sidelines of the conference, the Russian deputy foreign minister met with Secretary General of the EU diplomatic service Helga Schmid.