Russia is India's 'tried and tested real friend' - Sushma Swaraj

"I want to tell you that Russia is India's tried and tested partner and a real friend. Our foreign policy towards Russia has always been the same," Swaraj said.

During her meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said she was very happy to convey that there was progress on all components "Druzhba-Dosti", the vision document agreed upon during the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin last year, Oneindia reports.

"I want to tell you that Russia is India's tried and tested partner and a real friend. Our foreign policy towards Russia has always been the same," Swaraj said.

On his part, Lavrov said he was hopeful that Swaraj's visit will provide impetus to India-Russia ties. He also referred to India's entry into Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and said that its full membership will give boost to the efforts of the group in achieving its goals.

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