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Parliamentary delegation from the Russian federation calls on President

Saturday, 02 March 2013 13:55

A Parliamentary Delegation from the Russian Federation led by Mrs. Valentina I. Matvienko, Chairperson of the Council of Russian Federation called on President Pranab Mukherjee on February 26, 2013 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Welcoming the delegation, the President said Russia is a key partner and friend of India for many decades. The India- Russia special and privileged Strategic Partnership is a unique and multi-dimensional relationship characterized by stability and warmth. Russia remains a key priority for India's foreign policy. From Soviet assistance in India's early industrialization and defence consolidation, to a strong symbiotic relationship in joint design and development in strategic sectors, the India- Russia Strategic Partnership reflects our remarkable convergence of interests in bilateral spheres as well as on the global stage.

The President said India - Russia bilateral relations are progressing well in diverse areas such as energy, defence, space, trade and economics, science and technology, culture and people to people ties. The level of bilateral trade and investment between India and Russia remains below its potential. Both countries need to make sincere and concerted efforts and to take specific measures including thrust areas to achieve the target bilateral trade figure of US$ 20 billion by 2015.

The President said parliamentary exchanges are an important element of bilateral relations. India would like to see greater parliamentary exchanges between our Parliaments at all levels. Frequent exchanges between the Federal legislatures of both the countries can add another dimension to our vibrant and dynamic relationship.

The Leader of the Russian Parliamentary delegation said India is a reliable and true friend of Russia. India-Russia relations have been tested by time. They are an important factor in global politics. Russia is happy over the growth in status and influence of India because our views and interests converge and we will together be able to better influence global events. She said inter-parliamentary relations have been lagging behind progress in other sectors and there is need for Parliamentarians of both countries to also made substantive contributions to the strengthening of relations

Rashtrapati Bhavan : 27-02-2013

A BRICS parliamentary forum soon: Russian upper house chair  

The five BRICS countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa -- will soon form a parliamentary forum to foster closer cooperation among themselves, Valentina Matvienko, chairperson of the Russian parliament's upper house, said Tuesday.

"Our colleagues from Brazil had proposed creating a parliamentary dimension of the BRICS format. It has been agreed and it will soon be signed," Matvienko, chairperson of the Federation Council, Russian parliament's upper house, told mediapersons here.

Matvienko, who is in India on an official visit, also said the parliamentary side of the India-Russia relations have been lagging.

"The last meeting between the chairs of the houses of the two countries was 14 years ago. Inter-parliamnetary relations have been lagging behind the presidential and government-level relations. My visit here is to activate this relationship," she added.

As the upper houses of both indian and Russian parliaments are represented by states and regions, Matvienko said she had, during a meeting with Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari, proposed the creation of a special format of regional cooperation between the regions and states of the two countries.

To a question on the role of middlemen in arms deals, Matvienko discounted such a possibility between Russia and India.

"All this cooperation ( military-technical between India and Russia) is based on inter-governmental cooperation and performed directly through government structures. No mediators can be present," Matvienko said.

2013-02-26-(IANS)

India, Russia must fight terror together: Meira Kumar

New Delhi: Terrorism is a scourge which India and Russia have to address together, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said on Tuesday while welcoming a Russian Parliamentary delegation. Observing that relationship between India and Russia is "unique and warm based on rock-solid foundations," Meira said that the two countries have commonality of views on most of the global issues.

She earlier welcomed the delegation from the Russia's Federation Council led by its chairperson Valentina I Matvienko. Meira expressed her deep appreciation for Russia's support for India's candidature in its bid to secure permanent membership in the UN Security Council. She also highlighted the important role being played by India and Russia in BRICS, G20 and various other international fora.

The Lok Sabha Speaker lauded the fact that India-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Group has been set up in Indian Parliament and hoped that this initiative would further consolidate interaction between the two Parliaments.

India, Russia need to fight terrorism together: Meira Kumar

Terrorism is a scourge which India and Russia have to address together, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said here today while welcoming a Russian Parliamentary delegation.

Observing that relationship between India and Russia is “unique and warm based on rock-solid foundations,” Kumar said that the two countries have commonality of views on most of the global issues.

She earlier welcomed the delegation from the Russia’s Federation Council led by its chairperson Valentina I Matvienko.

Kumar expressed her deep appreciation for Russia’s support for India’s candidature in its bid to secure permanent membership in the UN Security Council. She also highlighted the important role being played by India and Russia in BRICS, G20 and various other international fora.

The Lok Sabha Speaker lauded the fact that India-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Group has been set up in Indian Parliament and hoped that this initiative would further consolidate interaction between the two Parliaments.

She felt that there should frequent exchange of visits between the two Parliaments.

Mentioning that the bilateral trade has shown 24 per cent increase during the last year reaching $11 billion approximately, Kumar hoped the potential of trade would be realised so that the volume could reach USD20 billion by 2015.

Leader of the visiting delegation Matvienko said that both India and Russia are old friends and both can work together for a better world order.

She thanked Kumar for the warm hospitality and extended an invitation to her to visit Russia along with an Indian Parliamentary delegation.

PTI

Feb 27, 2013

 

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