On February 9, 2012, the Embassy of Russia in New Delhi hosted a reception on the occasion of the Day of the Russian Diplomatist.
The Blue Hall saw a gathering of top Embassy diplomats, high rank officials from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, including the Eurasia Division with Director Ajay Bisaria; the heads of the CIS missions: Ambassadors of Armenia – H.E. Mr A.L.Hakobyan, of Azerbaijan – H.E. Mr I.Hajiev, of Tajikistan – H.E. Mr S.Saidov, of Turkmenistan – H.E. Mr P.H.Durdyev, of Ukraine – H.E. A.D.Shevchenko, of Uzbekistan – H.E. Mr S.R.Imagamov, Chargé d’Affaires of Belarus – Ms G.Bubnovskaya and Deputy Chief of Mission of Kazakhstan – K.Akhmetalimov and of Kyrgyzstan – Mr E.Kablukov. Among honourable guests also were present the veterans of Indian diplomacy – former Ambassadors to Russia H.E. Mr Kanwal Sibal and H.E. Mr K.Raghunath.
Welcoming the festivities participants, Ambassador of Russia to India H.E. Mr Alexander Kadakin reminded that this year the staff of the Russian Embassy and Consulates Generals in Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai celebrate their professional day on the eve of a remarkable event – the 65th anniversary of establishing Russian-Indian diplomatic relations. “Throughout this long period our traditionally warm and friendly relations with India have been strengthening and developing and have achieved a unique level of special privileged strategic partnership”, noted the Ambassador.
While congratulating the Russian diplomats, Mr Ajay Bisaria, Director of Eurasia Division, underscored their most important contribution to fostering mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries, efficient interaction of Russia and India in the international arena.
The reception also featured demonstration of a documentary on the history of Russian-Indian relationship from the TV series “Foreign Affairs”, which was especially for this occasion dubbed into English through the concerted efforts of the Embassy staff. Copies of the film along with Russian souvenirs were later presented to all guests.