Putin Hails ‘Longstanding Friendship’ With India After Talks With Modi

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called India a “world power” and also “historical pal” of Moscow following his talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

“We see India as a world power, a friendly country and a tried and true pal … Relations between our countries are establishing,” Putin told reporters Monday evening, in what was only his second trip abroad since the begin of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Russian president has been recognized to be cautious concerning his health throughout the pandemic, missing both the G20 as well as COP26 top this year and also holding much of his meetings with federal government priests as well as regional governors over videoconference.

The Kremlin claimed recently that the top in India will be focused on protection and energy concerns, with the head of Russian power giant Rosneft, Igor Sechin, additionally attending the talks.

Russia has actually long been a major arms supplier to India, a typical U.S. ally. Putin on Monday boasted that Moscow’s military cooperation with India was “like without any other nation.”

In 2018, India agreed a $5 billion deal with Russia to buy S-400 surface-to-air rocket systems regardless of U.S. cautions such an acquisition might set off permissions under U.S. legislation.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov — that also joined the summit in addition to Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu — earlier in the day announced that the arrangement to provide S-400s to India would certainly go on despite what he described as efforts by the U.S. to “weaken “the bargain.

“The S-400 deal is not just symbolic, but likewise pragmatically significant for guaranteeing India’s defense possibility,” Lavrov said after talks with Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

The two nations even more reviewed teamwork in space, the scenario in Afghanistan and also the production of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus injection in India.

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