Swaraj and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during their meeting, talked about the Russian government's joint venture to manufacture almost 200 Kamov 226T helicopters in India that will give a big boost to government's flagship programme of 'Make in India'.
Swaraj also raised the issue of liberalisation of visa regime for Indian tourists and businessmen during the talks which lasted for over an hour, according to External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
The Minister also said she was very happy to convey that there was progress on all components of 'Druzhba-Dosti', the vision document agreed upon during the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin last year.
"I want to tell you that Russia is India's tried and tested partner and a real friend. Our foreign policy towards Russia has always been the same," she said.
Swarup said the two ministers talked ways to boost cooperation in civil nuclear sector and trade and investments. The two sides also discussed situation in Syria and UN Security Council reforms.
On his part, Lavrov said he was hopeful that Swaraj's visit will provide impetus to India-Russia ties. He also referred to India's entry into Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and said that its full membership will give boost to the efforts of the group in achieving its goals.

Lavrov also talked about India going to chair the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-China-South Africa) next year and said today's meeting was a good opportunity to recap the functioning of the grouping.


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