Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh met with H.E. Mr. Alexander M. Kadakin, Ambassador of Russia, at Shimla
Russian Ambassador Alexander M Kadakin today said the Indo-Russian ties would remain unaffected, irrespective of which party formed the government. In an exclusive interview to The Tribune here today, Kadakin said Modi had visited Russia thrice and Gujarat had close relations with the Astrakhan region where investment had been made by the Indian state in several sectors, for which he was grateful to the BJP leader.
“Russia has had historical relations with the Congress and has the highest regards for Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi and in case of Modi too, we did not ask for forgiveness unlike some others,” he remarked.
“I do not see any political party, including the Congress, the BJP or even the so-called Third Front, being averse to cordial relations with Russia which is based on a deep-rooted mutual friendship which has withstood the test of time,” he remarked.
"I am confident India will choose the right government which will further strengthen the bonds between the two countries and take forwards the partnership in many areas such as the ongoing nuclear programmes in South India," he said.
He said the only immediate remedy to the current aggravating situation is intra-Ukraine dialogue between the authorities and the regions which were demanding justice. He said almost 80 per cent of the Russian-speaking population in the southern and eastern Ukraine were against Kiev and want justice.
Kadakin, who also called on Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, here today expressed concern over the unsatisfactory progress in making the International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) at Naggar in Kullu a vibrant cultural centre.
“It is time to understand that this monument and bridge which Roerich established at Naggar should be preserved,” he opined.
Highlighting the importance of the IRMT for Russia, he said even President Putin had echoed similar sentiments at the Russian Summit in Kremlin in October last when he had said the joint heritage of the Roerichs in India must be preserved by the two nations.
He said a mega event was being planned to mark the 140th anniversary of Nicholas Roerich and cultural troupes from Russia would come and perform here.
Tribune News Service
Shimla, May 6