India wants manufacturing Russian arms on its territory: Ambassador

India wants Russia’s help to manufacture and to organize its defence industry.

India wants to manufacture Russian arms on its own territory, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India in the Russian Federation Pankaj Saran said on Thursday.

"Defence cooperation has been a traditional pillar of our cooperation," Saran said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. "India today wants to move away from a simple ‘buyer-seller’ relationship with Russia to relationship in which we co-produce, we manufacture and essentially we make in India," he added.

"And we want Russia’s help to manufacture and to organize our defence industry. And efforts are on in this direction, and the initial indications are very promising. A large number of Indian public companies, public sector companies are showing great interest in partnering with Russian defence enterprises. And if we move in that direction, then certainly we are again looking at the new stage of our cooperation in the defence field," Saran concluded.

First published by TASS.

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