PM Hails Strong Strategic Partnership, Russian President Calls India ‘Time-Tested Friend’


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday held a meeting at the Hyderabad House in Delhi as a part of the India – Russia Summit to strengthen the ties between the two countries.

Speaking at the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, PM Modi said: “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.”

“In the last few decades, the world witnessed many fundamental changes and different kinds of geopolitical equations emerged but the friendship of India and Russia remained constant,” he added, as quoted by news agency ANI.

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He further stressed that the relation between India and Russia “is truly a unique and reliable model of interstate friendship”.

In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin 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”.

Putin mentioned that the mutual investments between the two countries stand at about 38 billion with a bit more investment coming from the Russian side. “We cooperate greatly in military and technical sphere like no other country. We develop high technologies together as well as produce in India,” he emphasized, as quoted by ANI.

Talking about the matters of terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan, he said: “Naturally, we’re concerned about everything that has to do with terrorism. Fight against terrorism is also fight against drug trafficking and organized crime. With that regard, we are concerned about the developments of the situation in Afghanistan”.

Earlier in the day, India and Russia inked an agreement for joint production of over six lakh AK-203 assault rifles at a manufacturing facility in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi besides firming up another pact on military cooperation for 10 years.

The rifles will be manufactured for the Indian armed forces at a cost of around Rs 5000 crore.

The agreements were signed at the 20th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MandMTC).

The meeting, co-chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his Russian counterpart Gen Sergey Shoigu, also discussed ways to further boost strategic cooperation including ramping up of joint production of military equipment.

The two sides also inked a pact on amending the agreement on cooperation in the field of manufacturing of the Kalashnikov series of small arms that was originally sealed in February 2019.

Another agreement was signed on the protocol of the 20th IRIGC-MandMTC, officials said.

The most important of the four agreements was the pact on manufacturing of 6,01,427 AK-203 assault rifles (7.63X39mm) through an Indo-Russia Rifles Private Limited (IRPL).

The 10-year pact on military cooperation is a renewal of an existing framework.

(With Agency Inputs)



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