India, April 8 -- India's relations with Russia are time-tested and strategic and are not influenced by ties with other countries, external affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Thursday.

Bagchi was responding to questions during the weekly news briefing on Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Pakistan after a trip to India, and Moscow's offer to supply military equipment to Islamabad.

Lavrov's visit to India provided a "good opportunity to renew and review our special and privileged partnership" and a broad range of issues were discussed, he said.

While declining to comment on Lavrov's visit to Pakistan, Bagchi said: "India's close, time-tested and strategic relations with Russia stand on their own merit an...