NEW DELHI: Reiterating that the Indo-Russian ties are stronger than ever, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin in New Delhi on Monday. “Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, there has been no change in the relationship between India and Russia”, said the Prime Minister.
“The two countries cooperated extensively during the COVID-19 crisis. There was cooperation in the field of vaccines and humanitarian support too. Relationship between India and Russia is truly a reliable model,” he shared.
I warmly thank H.E. President Putin for his visit to India. We exchanged very useful ideas for expanding our strategic, trade & investment, energy, connectivity, defence, science & technology and cultural cooperation. We also shared views on important global and regional issues. pic.twitter.com/FQGFgQzsfX
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 6, 2021
Acknowledging Russian President Vladimir Putin’s role in nurturing the bilateral traditions between India and Russia, the Prime Minister said, “You (Putin) should be credited for the strategic partnership between our countries for the three decades.”
Earlier, President Putin said that the relations between the two nations are growing and he was looking into the future. President Putin said that he was “happy to travel to India and Russia considers India ‘a great power’ and a ‘time tested’ friend”, he added.
“Currently mutual investments stand at about 38 million with more investment coming from the Russian side. We cooperate greatly in the military and technical sphere like no other country. We develop high technologies together as well as produce in India,” the Russian President shared.
This was the first meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin after the 2019 BRICS summit in Brazil. Both the leaders discussed various issues ranging from mutual cooperation to strengthening Indo-Russian trade ties.
India has bought a highly advanced S-400 anti-ballistic missile defence system from Russia to boost its national security despite pressure from the United States. President Putin also handed over a replica of S-400 to the Prime Minister during his meeting.
Earlier, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Arindam Bagchi said, “The agenda for the dialogue will cover political and defence issues of mutual interest. The establishment of this new mechanism of two plus two dialogue is expected to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries”.