Russia’s National Security Advisor Nikolay Patrushev is visiting India for “high-level” talks which as per reports will focus on Afghanistan. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin had come to a consensus to create a permanent bilateral channel for consultations on Afghanistan.
Alongwith Indian NSA Ajit Doval, Patrushev is expected to meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and the Prime Minister Modi. The Ministry of External Affairs said Patrushev’s visit for “High Level India-Russia Inter-Governmental Consultations on Afghanistan from 7-8 September 2021” follows an invitation from Doval.
Apart from this, India and Russia will be joining in two important virtual summits in the next 10 days — BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) — where Afghanistan is anticipated to control the conversation.
On September 9, PM Modi will host the BRICS summit, which will likely observe the presence of Russian president Putin. This will be followed by the SCO summit on September 16-17, where Indian PM is once again expected to meet the Russian counterpart. Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to be the part of both the summits with his country too emerging as a pivotal role in Afghanistan because of Pakistan’s active role in helping the Taliban.