Friday, June 2, 2017
Trust-based friendship between India and Russia
Russia has been the most trusted and time-tested friend of India. The friendship between the two countries is based on mutual trust, cooperation and connectivity. It is based on principles and objectives for the all round development of the two countries. Russia is India's India’s entire weather friend. On every international forum, Russia has supported the cause of India very strongly. Again, it has strongly supported India in its fight against cross-border terrorism. So, the friendship between the two countries is based on a strong plinth that could not be easily shaken. Russia has always come to the help of India when it was required. The friendship between the two countries has been spanning for 70 years. Despite several ups and downs in the international field, the relation between the two countries has been unaffected. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Russia and he has talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin and signed several bilateral pacts. The signing of Kundakulum energy pact for fifth and sixth unit also is among them. The Russian visit of PM Modi assumes great significance in view of his forthcoming meeting with US President Donald Trump on June 26. Russian President played a vital role in India's entry in SCO. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rightly hailed the ties between India and Russia that span the spectrum from Culture to Defence (Sanskriti se Suraksha) and said India welcomes Russia's unconditional support to India on the issue of cross border terrorism. This is the most vexatious issue created by Pakistan for India. Pak-sponsored terrorism has disrupted and disturbed the peace and amity in Jammu and Kashmir. The relations between India and Russia span the spectrum from Culture to Defence(Sanskriti se Suraksha). 70 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries have been marked by a high degree of convergence on various bilateral and global matters. India welcomes Russia's unconditional support to India on the issue of cross border terrorism. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in an unambiguous term that no matter where the threat comes from, it is unacceptable and Russia will always support India in its fight against terror. India and Russia also issued the St. Petersburg Declaration, which Prime Minister described as a “benchmark of stability in a turbulent, interdependent and interconnected world”. The energy cooperation has been described as one of the cornerstones of the relationship between India and Russia, and noted that this cooperation in the nuclear, hydrocarbon, and renewable energy sectors have been considerably deepened by the discussion and decisions taken. In this context, PM mentioned the agreement of Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. India and Russia are close to achieving the target of 30 billion US dollars worth of investment by 2025. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rightly welcomed and applauded President Putin's leadership in the growth of India-Russia relations. He also recalled his first visit to St. Petersburg as Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001.India and Russia signed five agreements in sectors covering nuclear energy, railways, gems and jewellery, traditional knowledge and cultural exchanges.