P.S. Raghavan: “We look forward to a dynamic revitalization of India-Russia relationship.” Source: Arti Soni
Indian ambassador to Moscow P.S. Raghavan has said the coming summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi, will “dynamically revitalize” the Indo-Russian relations.
“We look forward to a dynamic revitalization of India-Russia relationship,” Raghavan said at the press conference, on the eve of Putin’s visit to India. Putin will pay a three-day visit to India this month for the 15th regular annual summit between the two countries, held alternatively in Moscow and New Delhi at the highest political level.
This will be Putin’s maiden summit with Modi, since he became Prime Minister in May following BJP’s absolute majority in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, in the general elections. But the two leaders have already established the “personal chemistry” with each other in the last six months during their talks at the sidelines of multilateral meetings at BRICS summit in Brazil and the G-20 summit in Australia.
“Putin is the original architect of the strategic partnership between India and Russia as he started the tradition of annual summits when he visited India in 2000,” Raghavan said, stressing the valuable contribution made by the Russian President to the development of bilateral strategic partnership. During Putin’s visit to India in December 2010, the strategic partnership was raised to the “special, privileged strategic partnership.”
“But this summit will give the opportunity of a comprehensive review of the status of India-Russia relations and the identification by the two leaders of their vision for taking the relations forward,” he said.
Raghavan expressed the hope that during the Putin-Modi summit talks, there will be progress in all the areas of the Indo-Russian relations: politics, trade, nuclear cooperation and cooperation in defence, space, science and technology and culture, and also new areas of cooperation will be identified.
Referring to the new opportunities in the field of economic cooperation, he said that there are some new opportunities in this field as India looks at “much quicker tempo of investment exchanges and more cooperation in manufacturing.”
“We have found great interests among the Russia businessmen in the Prime Minister’s new scheme of “Make in India” and a number of them are already in touch with their potential Indian partners,” the Ambassador added.
Answering a question, whether India would yield to the pressure by the Western countries to join the sanctions against Russia over the Ukrainian crisis, the Indian Ambassador said: “There is no question of India being pressurized by any country to change its behaviour to Russia or to change its attitude toward anything that concerns India-Russia relations.”
On India-Russia cooperation on Afghanistan, Raghavan said that the two countries have identical perspectives on Afghanistan and its development. “We understand that change in the situation in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of ISAF can create a whole new set of difficulties. India and Russia are very concerned that terrorism should not return to Afghanistan,” he said.
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