Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee shake hands during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, May 9, 2015.Reuters
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a warm message of felicitations, “with all my heart,” to the Indian leadership and people on the eve of India’s 69th Independence Day. India gained independence from British colonial rule on August 15, 1947.
In his message, President Putin said, “Over decades of independent development, India has achieved impressive success in social, economic, scientific, technological and humanitarian spheres,” adding that India’s “prestige” stood “high in the international arena.”
“Russian-Indian relations, based on long-standing traditions of friendship and mutual respect, have attained the level of special and privileged strategic partnership. We attach great importance to the launch of procedure for India’s joining the SCO, which opens up new vistas for broader and productive cooperation between our nations,” Putin said in his message to India’s President and Prime Minister.
Recalling warmly the “substantive and constructive negotiations,” he held with both leaders, the Russian President said, “I am confident that by joint efforts we will ensure further growth of the whole gamut of bilateral ties and partnership interaction in addressing the burning issues of regional and global agenda. This meets the fundamental interests of our nations and goes in line with providing international stability and security.”
President Putin met the Indian President who visited Moscow for the Victory Day celebrations on May 9, and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited Ufa in July for the BRICS and SCO summits.
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