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Russia’s Lavrov to Make First India Trip Since War in Ukraine

  • The two sides likely to discuss payment methods outside SWIFT
  • India under pressure from Quad partners to take tougher stand
Sergei Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov

Photographer: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will arrive in India for a two-day visit Thursday, people with knowledge of the matter said. This would be the highest-level visit from Moscow since Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine.

Officials from both sides are likely to discuss the sale of Russian crude oil to India and the possibility of a rupee-ruble denominated payment method that could work outside the SWIFT messaging system, the people said asking for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.