On 26 May, the Russian Minister of Defense and Army General Sergey Shoygu and the Indian Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar had a telephone conversation, announced the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense press service.
“During the course of the telephone conversation, the ministers discussed relevant issues of a military and technical nature, which are of particular, mutual interest to Russia and India”, said the Ministry of Defense.
The Russian military department highlighted that the parties positively assessed the current level of partnership and discussed further areas for mutually beneficial development.
“The conversation took place in a clearly friendly atmosphere”, observed the Russian Federation Ministry of the Defense.
“Essentially the cooperation between India and Russia is of a higher level that with another other countries, because we sell strategic weaponry to India. We do not sell strategic weaponry to any other country apart from India. In particular, we provide nuclear submarines under a lease agreement. This is a level of cooperation, which no one else has. Like, for example, the USA helps England which is the only country that the USA sells strategic weapons to. In general it is not accepted to sell strategic weaponry, there exists some sort of unspoken taboo,” said Mikhail Alexandrov, a leading expert at the Center of Military and Political Research at the Moscow State University of Foreign Affairs, when speaking to the Federal Business Agency Ekonomika Segodnya (Economics Today).
The expert explained that it is in Russia’s interests for India to become a strong military center in a multipolar world, which can constantly provide pressure on the strategic balance.
It is specifically for this reason that Moscow tries to do everythingpossible to help her.
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