"Russia has no better friend than India"

Friday, 05 December 2014 13:44

It is planned to sign 15 Russian-Indian documents during the forthcoming state visit to India by the Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was announced by the Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin in New Delhi during a meeting with a group of journalists from the central and regional Russian media. The Russian president will visit India on 11 December. “Russia has especially privileged strategic partnership relations with only one country in the world, that is, India.” - said Ambassador Kadakin, “India has been, is and will remain our closest friend. The forthcoming visit will be the first full-fledged summit meeting between India and Russia after the BJP government came to power and the new Prime Minister Naredra Modi took over. The program of the visit will be saturated. It is planned to sign a document providing for the continuation of successful cooperation between Russia and India in the nuclear power industry. An important final policy document is being negotiated. Discussions will also be held on cooperation between our two countries in other important areas of mutual interest.” One of them is the trade and economic sphere. Russia and India are striving to create conditions for the growth of mutual trade. So far, the annual turnover is modest - a little more than 10 billion Dollars. Only involvement of private business can significantly change the state of affairs. But the process of establishing contacts takes time. Not so long ago, a business delegation from Gujarat visited Russia. And a respectable delegation of Russian business came to New Delhi to participate in the “Russia-India Business Council”. There are further possibilities for active promotion of Indian business in the Russian market due to the current situation arising out of anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the West, the Ambassador said. According to the Ambassador, Indians are pinning their hopes on the latest developments: the introduction of sanctions against Russia and embargo by Russia. They are interested and willing to supply to Russia large consignments of fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products. The possibility of supplying buffalo meat from India is also being considered. Ambassador Kadakin is confident that establishment of contacts of Russian regions and republics with India should make significant contribution to the development of trade and economic cooperation between our countries. And there are examples of this. Such a contact is being actively developed by Tatarstan. “The recent visit to India by the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov was very successful.” - says Ambassador Kadakin, “In India, an assembly line is being created for "KAMAZ" trucks produced in Tatarstan. During the visit, other areas of cooperation were also identified. These include information technology, engineering, pharmaceuticals. Astrakhan region is developing as sister-city of the Indian state of Gujarat. Other Russian regions are also successfully cooperating with India.” Ambassador Kadakin is confident that credibility and persistent search for new opportunities to strengthen relations will undoubtedly lead to a noticeable increase in trade and economic relations between Russia and India. Ambassador Alexander Kadakin meeting the group of visiting Russian journalists. Russian Embassy in India, Dec 2, 2014. Russian Radio 04/12/14

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