Putin greets Indians for Republic Day

Vladimir Putin has sent the Indian President and Prime Minister and the Indian people his greetings “from the bottom of my heart” on the occasion of India’s 67th Republic Day.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent the Indian President and Prime Minister and the Indian people his greetings “from the bottom of my heart” on the occasion of India’s 67th Republic Day, which commemorates the day that India adopted its Constitution and became a federal Republic, on January 26, 1950.

President Putin, who has been Chief Guest at the Indian Republic Day celebrations during his earlier tenure as President, in 2008, sent his “cordial greetings on the occasion of the national holiday – the Republic Day.”

“India enjoys well-deserved authority in the world arena, plays an important role in solving pressing international and regional issues, possesses mighty economic potential and rich cultural heritage,” the Russian President said in his message.

“We highly appreciate the relations of special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India. I am sure that the further build-up of fruitful bilateral cooperation in different areas, constructive interaction in various international formats corresponds to our common interests and goes in line with ensuring stability and security in Asia and the entire world,” he said in his message to India’s President Pranab Mukherjee.

French President Francoise Hollande is the chief guest for the 2016 Republic Day celebrations, which features an impressive military display and march past through the Indian capital.

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