Russian President, Vladimir Putin, held talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting took place in the Hyderabad Palace in the centre of New Delhi. This was the first face-to-face meeting of the leaders after communicating at the BRICS summit in Brasilia, Brazil, in November 2019.
In a joint document, Russia and India reaffirmed their commitment to a particularly privileged strategic partnership, which remains “the pillar of global peace and stability.” As Putin stressed, relations between the two countries are “developing and directed to the future.” In response, Modi pointed out that the coronavirus pandemic failed to affect the dialogue between the two states.
It was decided that Russia will continue to implement military-technical cooperation with India, as well as to conduct exercises, according to the Russian President.
“In view of India’s desire for self-sufficiency, the partnership is currently refocusing on joint research and development, joint development and production of advanced defence technologies and systems,” as said in the statement on the results of the XXI Russian-Indian summit ‘Russia— India: Partnership for Peace, Progress and Prosperity’, published on the Kremlin website.
According to the Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of Russia, Dmitry Shugaev, a contract has been signed for the production of AK-203 submachine guns in India. According to it, more than 600 thousand Kalashnikov assault rifles will be produced in the republic. In addition, negotiations are underway to increase the licensed production of Su-30MKI aircraft by 50 units.
In addition, Putin noted that if last year there was a decline in trade turnover between the countries by more than 17 per cent, then in the first nine months of this year its growth was already over 38 per cent. As a result, the leaders agreed for increasing mutual trade to $30 billion by 2025.
The interest of Indian companies in cooperation in the Far East was also noted.
“Energy, transport and logistics, maritime communications, diamond processing, forestry, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, tourism and humanitarian spheres have been identified as areas of further cooperation in the Russian Far East,” the statement said.
Besides, Putin noted that Moscow and New Delhi cooperate in energy, high technology, space, and expressed hope that the Indian cosmonaut training programme will be implemented. The two states also signed an agreement on measures to protect technologies as part of cooperation in the space field.
It is noted that Rosneft and Indian Oil Corporation have also signed a contract for the supply of Russian oil for 2022. The volumes are mentioned of up to two million tonnes.
Moreover, Putin and Modi agreed to consider restoring direct passenger and cargo flights to pre-pandemic levels.
Finally, Modi and Putin called for the creation of a consultative mechanism between the security councils of the two countries and close cooperation on Afghanistan, which “should not be used to shelter, train, finance any terrorist groups.” They called for the creation of an inclusive and representative government in the country.
Source: RIA Novosti