Russia will remain a strategic partner of India - Indian Deputy FM

The Deputy Foreign Minister of India Sujata Singh made such statement, responding to a journalist's request to comment on the words of US President Barack Obama about Ukraine and Russia.

The Deputy Foreign Minister of India Sujata Singh made such statement, responding to a journalist's request to comment on the words of US President Barack Obama about Ukraine and Russia.

«You all know about the strategic partnership between Russia and India, - she said. - This strategic partnership will stay.»

Barack Obama, who was in India until January 27 on a state visit, after his talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, answering the journalists' questions at a press conference, expressed «deep concern about ceasefire violations in Ukraine», blaming Russia in it as well, which, he believes, «is providing financial support to the separatists, trains them and sends military equipment to Ukraine.»

According to him, the United States «will examine additional options that are available, short of military confrontation, which would be ineffective». «We will ratchet up the pressure on Russia», - explained the head of the White House, adding, however, that the US «has no interest in seeing Russia weakened or its economy in shambles

Obama believes that the US and European countries should remain firm in their position in view of new ceasefire violations in Ukraine. «We are upholding the principle, like, probably, any other country, that bigger nations can't bully the small ones,» - Obama said.

India and the US will develop and produce drones of new generation

India and the United States will launch joint development and subsequent production of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of new generation, Singh said.

«It is about the development of new generation devices based on small American reconnaissance drone RQ-11 Raven,» - she said, refusing to clarify when the work on the project may begin.

According to her, Modi and Obama also agreed to «create working groups to examine the issue of transferring the technology on aircraft carriers (to India) and the development of aircraft engine technology.»

Despite the fact that India and the United States have not concluded any military deals, they extended the framework agreement on military-technical cooperation for other 10 years. This document was signed in 2005 and, accordingly, expires this year.

«We decided to take our military-technical cooperation to a new level, - stressed Modi himself after the meeting. - We have reached fundamental agreements on joint development and production of particular defense projects.»

Russia still outpaces the US by the volume of military-technical cooperation

Over the past three years the United States have supplied India with arms for the total of 326 billion rupees ($ 5.4 billion), for the first time outpacing by this indicator Russia, which supplied the arms worth 253 billion rupees ($ 4.2 billion). By total volume of military-technical cooperation Russia continues to outpace the US through joint projects, licensed production of Russian military equipment in India, as well as service contracts for technology already supplied and produced under license.

So far India and the United States have no joint projects in the defense sector.

First published in Russian by TASS.

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