Swaraj meets Lavrov; raises issues of Indian students, bizman deaths

Monday, Apr 18, 2016,15:24 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Moscow | External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today met her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov here and raised issues of the killing of an Indian and the death of two Indian girl students in a fire tragedy in this country besides discussing key bilateral matters. During their meeting, Swaraj raised the issue of the killing of Yasir Javed, a businessman from Srinagar who died in Russia’s Kazan city last month following an attack on him by a group of local goons, and enquired about the progress of investigation into the case.

Javed was attacked by unknown miscreants in Kazan city on March 3 and died later at a hospital there after remaining in coma for several days. I want to know about the status of the investigation. At least the guilty must be punished after the probe, Swaraj told Lavrov.

She also raised the issue of the death of two Indian girl students, who were killed in a fire at a medical university in western Russia. Pooja Kallur and Krishma Bhonsle, both from Maharashtra, were studying at Smolensk Medical Academy in Russia and lost their lives in a fire accident in February. Swaraj also expressed regret over an acid attack on a Russian girl in India recently and said India has ensured treatment for the girl in India as well as in Russia.

A 23-year-old Russian national was injured in the acid attack in November allegedly by her boyfriend following a quarrel between them. Lavrov thanked Swaraj for dealing with the case effectively. Lavrov, on his part, said both countries should continue to work closely to further expand bilateral ties. Both sides should continuously review the agreements being signed at the highest level, he told Swaraj.

Lavrov also expressed gratitude to India for its support during Russia’s chairmanship of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). He also ensured Swaraj of Russia’s full support to India during its presidency of the grouping that began earlier this year.

They also discussed a range of issues, including furthering of trade and economic ties. Swaraj arrived here yesterday to attend the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meeting of their foreign ministers.

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