Russia and India Signed Agreements on Military Cooperation

Moscow and New Delhi have signed several documents on cooperation in the military sphere, as reported by the Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. 

Picture: Rajnath Singh’s Twitter Page

Negotiations in the “2+2” format of the Foreign and Defence Ministers of the two states took place in the Indian capital New Delhi. Singh called them productive, meaningful, and fruitful and noted that India values its special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia.

Russia also positively assessed the results of the meeting. According to the Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu, the dialogue makes a serious contribution to ensuring global and regional security.

In turn, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, expressed the opinion that the talks will strengthen the strategic partnership of the two countries.

“Russia and India have similar visions of a model of a more just, democratic, polycentric world order, and promote identical or similar positions on the most important issues of peace and security,” Lavrov noted.

It is reminded that now Russia and India have several bilateral projects. These are the BrahMos universal complex, the joint development of the fifth-generation fighter (FGFA), the licensed production of Su-30 aircraft and T-90 tanks. In March 2019, the partners opened a factory for the production of Kalashnikov assault rifles in the Indian city of Korwa.

Also, to date, the Indian Navy is equipped with Russian equipment by 80 per cent and the Air Force by 70 per cent. According to expert estimates, Russia has supplied more than $65 billion worth of military equipment to this country over the entire period of military-technical cooperation. Among the largest agreements is also the sale of four Russian frigates of Project 11356 under the “two plus two” scheme.

Ru-Main, 06.12.2021
Source: RIA Novosti

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