Russia is increasing military cooperation with India

In relations with India, Russia continued the highly dynamic dialogue within the ‘privileged strategic partnership’ of the two countries. Source: Kirill Braga / RIA Novosti

In relations with India, Russia continued the highly dynamic dialogue within the ‘privileged strategic partnership’ of the two countries. Source: Kirill Braga / RIA Novosti

Russia and India systematically increased their cooperation in the military and military-technical cooperation spheres in 2014, within the ‘privileged strategic partnership’ the two countries share, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Russia and India have systematically increased their cooperation in the military and military-technical cooperation spheres in 2014, within the ‘privileged strategic partnership’ the two countries share. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation detailed this cooperation in its Annual Report on Activities for 2014, posted on the Ministry’s official website.

“Against the background of anti-Russian sanctions pressure, being imposed by the West, Moscow continued to increase cooperation with countries in the Asia-Pacific Region (APR),” the report noted. “The main focus was placed on this cooperation leading to a positive impact on Russia’s regions, and in particular the Far East and Siberia.”

In relations with India, Russia continued the highly dynamic dialogue within the ‘privileged strategic partnership’ of the two countries.

According to the report, on December 11, 2014, during the annual Russia-India Summit, in New Delhi, the new Indian leadership reaffirmed the country’s commitment to intensify bilateral relations.

“As part of the implementation of the flagship project in the energy sector – the construction of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in India – the first energy block was connected to the electricity grid of the country, and work on the second block is continuing. Military and military-technical cooperation also grew steadily; in Russia, joint exercises were held by all branches of the Indian armed forces, and the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya (earlier the Admiral Gorshkov) entered into service in the Indian Navy,” the Foreign Ministry report said.

Commenting on development of relations with China, the report stated that one of the priorities was to ensure continued peace and stability on the borders, creating a positive environment to stimulate further development of cross-border cooperation.

“Based on an agreement between heads of the two governments, the first joint verification is being carried out along the border between the two countries (between 2012 and 2016). The goal is to determine the changes that have occurred in the topography during the more than 10 years since demarcation was completed,” the document states. “The mechanism of confidence-building measures in the military field, and monitoring the reduction of armed forces in areas bordering China is proceeding successfully.”

On relations with Japan, the report stated that, despite broad involvement of Japan in the “sanctions war” of the West, the 6th meeting of the Russia-Japan Investment Forum was held, during which 11 memoranda and agreements were signed. Additionally, on December 5, 2014, the fourth meeting of the Russia-Japan Advisory Council took place in Vladivostok. This meeting focused on modernization of the Russian economy, and saw presentation of several dozen major projects aimed at modernization and expansion of exports of high-value- added products.

First published in Russian by TASS.

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