“Indo-Russian Relations - an Important Factor of Global Politics”

Thursday, 22 October 2015 12:29

The meeting in Moscow of the Russian-Indian intergovernmental commission on cooperation held on the 20th of October was an important step in the preparations for the upcoming visit of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to Russia. From the Russian side, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin headed the commission. From the Indian side — Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. A representative delegation from India participated in the talks in Moscow. Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin attended the meeting. In an interview with “Sputnik” correspondent Natalya Benyukh, he summed up results of the bilateral intergovernmental commission. A huge range of projects with Indo-Russian cooperation starting from deep space to the depths of the ocean were discussed, — the ambassador said. — And, above all, its priority areas: nuclear energy, military-technical cooperation. These issues will be discussed in more details at the relevant committees – on the 2nd of November in Moscow. At the Kudankulam Atomic Power Plant — recalled the ambassador — two blocks are ready. Almost all documents on the third and fourth blocks have been signed. We hope that during the visit, documents for development of the fifth and sixth blocks of Kudankulam will be ready. The Indian side has promised to name the new site for a continuation of serial construction of the nuclear power plants. It is clear that only mass construction can provide with a cost-effective exploitation of the plants and efficiently meet the growing needs of India's electricity. We have a full understanding — stated Ambassador A. Kadakin – and have responded to the call of Prime Minister Modi to participate in the program “Make in India”. In fact, Russia, and in the former Soviet Union, this principle was being followed for decades. There are mass examples of this approach in India, where, with our participation — steel mills, power plants, defense companies were and are being built. Presently, in India, in cooperation with the Russian Federation, the world's best cruise missiles “BrahMos” are being produced. Russia, — said Alexander Kadakin — plans to continue with its policy of sharing technologies with India and participating in the “Make in India” program. The Ambassador noted that the agreement for sale of Russian helicopters of Pakistan for counter-terrorism activities should not be compared, in any possible way, with the scale of defense cooperation with India, including in relation to the production in India of 400 Russian helicopters, which will make the country a powerful helicopter power. The Russian ambassador said that preparations for the signing of bilateral documents at the forthcoming Summit are in full swing on all fronts of cooperation. He expressed confidence that the summit, as always, will be productive and meaningful. When the leaders of Russia and India meet — said the ambassador — the whole world is closely watching the outcome. The especially privileged Indo-Russian strategic partnership in all areas has long been a powerful factor of the global politics — said Alexander Kadakin, the Russian ambassador to India, summarizing the interview.


http://in.sputniknews.com, 22.01.2015

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