PM Modi meets Putin in Delhi, says India-Russia ties stronger than ever


Despite the challenges posed by Covid, there is no change in the pace of growth of India-Russia relations, says PM Modi

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Narendra Modi | Vladimir Putin



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Prime Minister and President on Monday held the 21st India-Russia summit, covering an array of areas with an aim to further enhance the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries. In his initial comments, Modi said there is no change in the pace of relations between India and Russia despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Modi said the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two sides was getting stronger and both sides remained in touch on the situation in Afghanistan and other issues. In the last few decades, the world witnessed many fundamental changes and different kinds of geopolitical equations and variables, but the friendship of India and Russia remained constant, Modi said. “Your visit to India is a reflection of your commitment to ties with India,” the prime minister said. The summit talks took place hours after the foreign and defence ministers of the two countries held their inaugural ‘2+2’ dialogue with an aim to widen the ambit of discussions on strategically important issues. Putin flew into India on a short visit for the summit. Putin 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 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.

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. The day began with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu under the framework of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation. Separately, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. Then the foreign and defence ministers of the two sides held the ‘2+2’ dialogue.

Lavrov and Shoygu arrived here late Sunday night.


At the end of the talks between the defence ministers, both sides inked an agreement for joint production of over 600,000 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 5,000 crore.

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

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First Published: Mon, December 06 2021. 19:06 IST





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