Message of greeting on the Day
of Russia from the Ambassador
of the Russian Federation, Alexander Kadakin.
New Delhi, June 12, 2014
Russia celebrates June 12 as the National Day for more than two decades. In this course the ties between the newly-born Russian Federation and the Republic of India have achieved an unprecedentedly high level. It was in 2000 that the historic Declaration on Strategic Partnership was signed by President V.V. Putin and ex-Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee. Since then Russian-Indian relationship has continued to steadily strengthen on the grounds of mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual benefit. Today it has evolved into special and privileged strategic partnership, no similar example of which has ever been traced in the world history of diplomacy.
While rejoicing over the Day of Russia we can proudly note that the Russia-India friendship has transformed into a unique international phenomena immune to any changes in domestic political agenda or fluctuations in international arena. Strengthening this cooperation remains a key priority of foreign policies in both countries, which is cemented by time-tested traditions of national consensus. More than that, Russia and India are brought together by the similarity of our positions on pending international issues.
Together we have established the tradition of annual bilateral summits, thus, creating an efficient mechanism to review the entire range of our multidimensional interaction, discuss the present tasks and outline avenues for the future.
This year will see the 15th meeting of the leaders of Russia and India in this format. Continuity persists in our agenda, be it design and manufacture of the best-in-the-world “BrahMos” supersonic cruise missiles, state-of-the art fifth generation fighter or erection of the world’s safest nuclear power units of NPP “Kudankulam”. A pioneer private business co-production of butyl rubber by “SIBUR” and “Reliance” in Gujarat epitomizes a fresh wave of trust in cooperation between the two countries. Like no other country in the world, we readily share cutting-edge technologies in most sensitive spheres with our sister India. Yet there are plenty of projects in the offing which are still to be melted out. The potential of Russia-India trade, investment, technological and cultural interaction is far from being exhausted. We march ahead with confidence, planning our mutual endeavours for the decades to come.
At the same time what really makes Russian-Indian friendship so strong and unique is not the billions-worth contracts, but people-to-people contacts. All affection and care Russia has in its soul will find its way to the hearts of our Indian friends through vibrant colourful performances of outstanding Russian artists, dancers and actors during the Cultural Festival timed to coincide President Vladimir Putin’s visit to New Delhi later this year.
There can be no doubt that our countries will keep together opening up new vistas and horizons of cooperation. Friendship and strategic partnership between Russia and India has all the prerequisites to march ahead, thrive and blossom for the benefit of our nations and in the interests of peace on Earth, security and prosperity of entire humankind.