Will never do anything detrimental to India’s security: Russian envoy

Monday, 08 December 2014 13:50

Russia is India’s trusted partner and will never do anything detrimental to India’s security, said Alexander M. Kadakin, Russian Ambassador to India.

He said this in response to questions by journalists here on Monday on the recently signed framework agreement between Russia and Pakistan. He said, “It’s just a framework which we have with many countries and does not envisage any immediate arms transfers”. "We had offered India several types of helicopters.. India is not buying... Why can’t Russia sell it to others? You opted for Apaches": The request for attack helicopters came from Pakistan, but we have not sold any yet”, Ambassador Kadakin said. India has traditionally relied on Russia for most of its weapons imports but in recent years has been diversifying its purchases. The result was Russia lost out on some major deals in recent times which caused some disgruntlement in Moscow. On Russia-Pak relations, he stated that if Moscow and Islamabad have improved relations, it will be easier to Influence Pakistan as Russia too has “concerns regarding Afghanistan”. On the upcoming visit of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to India, Mr. Kadakin said the highlight will be the release of a vision document on improving India's energy security. The dialogue is a close friend’s talk which does not require much of protocol routine, said the Russian envoy. There will be major discussions on expanding nuclear cooperation. "Russia has agreed to help setup 14-16 nuclear units. Now it seems that demand in India is much bigger that it may rise to 20-24 units", Mr. Kadakin said. “The discussions will be held in the background of a burdened international milieu, when we face increasing pressure of the USA and its allies, forcing Russia to succumb its state sovereignty. This will never happen”, Mr. Kadakin said. On the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), being developed by India and Russia, he said work is going as per schedule and negotiations are on regarding the work share. India has gained some experience in designing aircraft and we are open to 50-50 work share. But we need an agreement for this, Kadakin said. On the recent crash of Su-30 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force, the Ambassador said, there was an enquiry and the problem is not with Russian technology. “It was a human error”, he said. Asked about the US President Barak Obama being Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade, Mr. Kadakin said that "Russia is not jealous". The Hindu, New Delhi, December 8, 2014 India-Russia bhai bhai, says Russian envoy New Delhi: Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin said Russia's relations with Pakistan have "separate value" but they will not be at the expense of ties with New Delhi. Calling India as a time tested ally and "closest friend", Kadakin’s comments come after India reacted cautiously to the development of ties between Islamabad and Moscow. Weeks after it signed a military cooperation agreement with Pakistan, Russia said it will never do anything "detrimental" to India's security interests and that the pact does not envisage supply of any defence equipment to that country immediately. "Never ever will Russia do anything to the detriment of India's security. India is the closest friend of my country," Kadakin said addressing a press conference before Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi on December 10. Russia may set up a total of 20-24 nuclear energy units in India against previously agreed 14-16 plants as both countries are likely to come out with a roadmap for cooperation in the crucial energy sector during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi for annual Summit talks on Thursday. Kadakin said both countries are likely to start negotiations for setting up of unit five and six at the Kudankulam nuclear power complex soon and may sign a technical pact for unit 3 and 4 during Putin's visit. "We have big plans on nuclear energy cooperation," he said, addressing a press conference ahead of the Russian leader's visit. Kadakin said trial run for unit 2 of Kudankulam nuclear power should start in March and that technical glitches in unit one are being resolved. "Russia had agreed to help India build 14-16 nuclear units. Now it seems that the demand of India is much bigger and this may rise to 20-24 units," he said. Asked about escalation of cost in setting up of nuclear power plants, he chose not to link it to clauses in India's nuclear liability laws and only said prices have gone up everywhere. "Cooperation between the two countries in peaceful uses of nuclear energy will prominently figure at the Summit level talks. More than that a very serious and important document is on the anvil which relates to our common vision of joint work in our efforts to satisfy India's requirement in energy through building a series of nuclear plants," the envoy said. He said Russia was also expecting from the Indian side the name of the new site for another "cascade of nuclear power units". Kadakin also took potshots at the western powers, saying the Summit is taking place "against the background of a burdened international milieu, when we face increasing pressure of the US and their allies, trying to force our country to succumb its state sovereignty and act against our own national interests". "This will never happen, and these daydreaming minions should better get rid of illusions that Russia would ever act under anybody's diktat or pressure. Who are they to dictate to us?," he asked. Noting that Russia has interest in Afghanistan, the envoy said improvement in its relations with Pakistan will help influencing the country to get "desirable action". "You (India) declared you are ready to have more dialogue, more contact to improve your relationship with Pakistan. Since we are strategic partners, why cannot Russia improve its relation with Pakistan the way India does. After all it will be easier for us to together influence it (to take) desirable action," he said. Pakistan and Russia on November 20 had signed a military cooperation agreement to deepen their defence ties and vowed to translate their relationship in "tangible" terms. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had also visited Pakistan last month. The visit by a Russian Defence Minister to Pakistan came after a gap of 45 years. "The frame work agreement which was signed with Pakistan does not envisage any immediate supply. It is just a framework agreement which we have with many countries," Kadakin said. "You must rest assured that India is Russia's strategic partner and closest friend," he said, adding Pakistan had asked for helicopters but they have not been given yet. "Russia's relations with Pakistan have their separate value. They have independent value. We also have a stake in Afghanistan," he said.

December 8, 2014 (News Mobile with inputs from PTI)

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