Putin Hails India-Russia Ties

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“We perceive India as a great power, a friendly nation, and a time-tested friend. The relations between our nations are growing and I am looking into the future,” President Putin said, reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no change in the pace of growth of India-Russia relations.

In his opening remarks at the annual summit meeting with the Russian President here, PM Modi said that the “special and privileged strategic partnership” between the two continues to become stronger.

“Despite the challenges posed by COVID, there is no change in the pace of growth of India-Russia relations. Our special and privileged strategic partnership continues to become stronger,” he said.

The 21st India- Russia Annual Summit is being held at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

This is the first in-person between the two leaders since they met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in 2019 in Brasilia.

The visit of the Russian leader is in continuation of the tradition of annual summits held alternately in India and Russia.

Putin concerned over Afghanistan

Russian President Putin on Monday during his meeting with Prime Minister Modi said that Moscow is concerned over everything related to terrorism and drug trafficking, including in the context of the situation in Afghanistan.

“We are certainly worried about everything related to terrorism and the fight against it. Terrorism is also fight against drug trafficking and organized crime. In this regard, we cannot but worry about the situation and how it is developing in Afghanistan,” Putin said at the 21st India- Russia Annual Summit at the Hyderabad House.

Speaking about the ties between the two nations, the Russian President said: “We perceive India as a great power, a friendly nation, and a time-tested friend. The relations between our nations are growing and I am looking into the future,” he added.

This is the first in-person between the two leaders since they met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in 2019 in Brasilia.

This is the first in-person between the two leaders since they met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in 2019 in Brasilia. There have been six telephonic conversations between Modi and Putin since then apart from the virtual meetings that they’ve attended for multilateral summits.

The visit is in continuation of the tradition of annual summits held alternately in India and Russia.

Earlier in the day, the two countries held their first 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.

The two nations today also signed an agreement for the procurement of 6,01,427 assault rifles AK-203 through Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd, under the military-technical cooperation arrangement for 2021-31.

Putin had said on Wednesday that he intends to discuss with Prime Minister Narendra Modi new “large-scale” initiatives on further developing “specially privileged” Russian-Indian relations.

“This partnership brings real mutual benefit to both states. Bilateral trade shows good dynamics; ties are actively developing in the energy sector, innovation, space, and the production of coronavirus vaccines and medicines,” Putin had said. (ANI)

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