The talks, which took place first in one-on-one and then in enlarged format, discussed bilateral relations, in particular cooperation in the military-technical and nuclear energy sectors.
Mr Putin and Mr Singh noted that Russia and India share common or similar positions on the main international issues.
Three intergovernmental agreements were signed in the presence of the two leaders following the talks.
Mr Putin and Mr Singh then made press statements and answered journalists’ questions.
Beginning of Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN:
Good afternoon, Mr Prime Minister, colleagues,
I would like to start by recalling my visit to your country in January this year, when you invited me to take part in the celebrations of your national holiday.
I hope that, despite the wintry Moscow weather, you will feel the warmth of our hearts, Mr Prime Minister, and the most warm and friendly feelings we have for your country.
Our relations go back a long way and are showing excellent development today.
We are very pleased to see you here in Moscow. I wish you welcome.
INDIAN PRIME MINISTER MANMOHAN SINGH (as translated):
Your Excellency, our friendship with Russia has stood the test of time. Everyone in India recognises our friendship with your country. We all share the view that Russia is our great friend. You have made an immense personal contribution to strengthening our relations.
I want to say that your presence as the main guest during the Republic Day celebrations in India was a great honour for us and made the event all the more memorable. I would like to thank you for finding the time in your busy schedule to be with us during our celebrations.
Prior Statement on Departure for Russia by the Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh
November 11, 2007
“I am visiting Russia for the next annual bilateral Summit with President Putin. Ever since President Putin’s first visit to India in 2000, the practice of holding annual summits has led to the progressive consolidation of our relations and maintained the momentum of our very close high level contacts.
The India-Russia Strategic Partnership is an enduring bond of friendship, which has strong historical roots. Our relations with Russia have traditionally been a factor of peace and stability in the region and beyond. I am convinced that the strong fundamentals of mutual trust and a shared world view on regional and global issues would continue to bring our two countries closer together in a dynamic international environment.
Our multifaceted bilateral cooperation with Russia is based on long-term interests. The year 2007 is the 60th year of the establishment of India-Russia diplomatic relations. As we rejoice in our joint accomplishments during the six decades of unbroken friendship, we also stand committed to further deepen our partnership in the fields of trade and investment, defence, energy security, science and technology, space and other areas of mutual benefit.
I look forward to continuing my discussions with President Putin to further strengthen India’s relations with Russia. I will convey to him the high priority that India attaches to its partnership with Russia, and the benefits that this partnership has brought to our two peoples. I am confident that my visit will lead to a reaffirmation of our joint endeavour towards creating greater economic prosperity and a secure, stable and peaceful world order.”