Privileged strategic partnership of Russia and India will develop

Privileged strategic partnership of Russia and India will develop

MOSCOW, December 24. Russia and India has consistently and confidently develop privileged strategic partnership, said President Vladimir Putin. Held on Thursday talks in Moscow with Prime Minister of India Narendra modi, he stressed that relations are developing in all areas – in international politics, Economics and in the humanitarian sphere.

Strategic partnership

Opening talks in the Kremlin, the Russian President called the visit modi is very timely. “I am pleased to say, having fun doing that consistently and confidently develop privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia”, – said the President of the Russian Federation.

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The parties discussed the whole range of Russian-Indian cooperation, as well as a range of international issues. “It is important that the approaches of Russia and India to major international problems coincide: our countries advocate a political solution to the conflict in Syria, for facilitating the process of national reconciliation in Afghanistan”, – said Putin journalists after the talks. “We are convinced that in the interests of the entire international community – the formation of a broad antiterrorist coalition operating on the basis of international law and under the auspices of the UN,” he added.

The President noted that “Russia stands for further strengthening of India’s role in solving global and regional problems”. “We believe that India is a great power conducting a balanced and responsible foreign policy, is one of the most worthy candidates for permanent membership of the UN security Council,” – said the Russian leader. He reminded that Moscow has “actively supported the accession of India to the Shanghai cooperation organization”, the two countries cooperate closely in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), the presidency of which in February 2016 will go to India.

In turn, Indian Prime Minister described Russia as “an important partner in economic transformation of India and the creation of a balanced stable multipolar world”. Modi also noted that India and Russia develop long-standing cultural relationship, and now countries have started to actively cooperate at the international and political arenas. The Indian Premier added that he considers Russia a reliable friend in difficult times, always supported India, and the country is aimed at strengthening the strategic partnership with Russia.

Adopted following the talks, the statement of leaders, it was noted that Russia and India intend to expand military-technical cooperation.

In the interests of business

During the visit, the Prime Minister of India to Russia was held a meeting of leaders of the two countries for businessmen. “We are interested in Indian partners actively placed their production in Russia”, – said at the meeting Putin. He also stressed that Moscow supports the “seriousness of our partners on a long-term fruitful work in Russia” and promised to create a comfortable environment for business development.

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In turn, Narendra modi invited Russian business to invest more actively in India. “Russia is our most loyal partner, especially in the field of defense, security, so I came to invite our partner to become a partner in the economic progress of our country,” said Indian Prime Minister.

According to him, India made efforts will assist the parish in its economy of investment and companies from other countries, primarily from Russia. For example, he cited the program “Made in India” to help India become a “global manufacturing center”.

“We want our country was the easiest for doing business”, said modi. He also proposed to hold meetings with Russian and Indian businessmen on a regular basis.

In this he was supported by Vladimir Putin. “Could be, if it is of interest to ask our organizers from the Russian and Indian business a couple of times a year to conduct such meetings devoted to cooperation in the field of Economics and business. Once assembled in India, the second – in Russia,” Putin said.

The signed agreement

In the presence of the leaders of the two countries signed a package of a half dozen documents. In particular, the sides signed two protocols on amendments to agreement on simplification of conditions of mutual trips of separate categories of citizens of the two countries and on mutual trips of owners diplomatic and service passports.

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The parties also signed four agreements on cooperation in the field of helicopter, on confirmation of successful completion of the first stage of preparation for the closing of the transaction on creation of joint venture on the basis of JSC “Vankorneft”, about the development, transfer and technological support implementation of cross-cutting technologies for heavy products and energy, including nuclear, engineering, and supply of production equipment, as well as the establishment of training centers.

Were signed six memorandums, including of understanding in investment cooperation in the Russian far East, on understanding between JSC “Russian Railways” and the Ministry of Railways of India concerning technical cooperation in the railway sector, and others.

In addition, the parties signed a Plan of interaction between the Federal customs service of Russia and the Main Directorate of excise and customs Department of revenue Ministry of Finance of India in the field of combating of customs offences for the years 2015-2017, as well as a programme of action between Rosatom and the Department of atomic energy government of India through the localization of production in India for nuclear power plants of Russian design.

Nuclear cooperation

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Great attention was paid to Russian-Indian cooperation in the field of nuclear energy. According to the President of the Russian Federation, the Russian side intends to build in India a few units of NPP.

“With the assistance of Russia is being built NPP “Kudankulam”, the first unit of the plant was commissioned in June 2014, a few weeks remain until the launch of the second unit,” said Putin journalists. Russian specialists, he said, “intend to begin construction of the third and fourth units, as well as the negotiations on the fifth and sixth units” NPP “Kudankulam”. The Russian leader also said that India has allocated another site for NPP construction under the Russian project.

The Indian Prime Minister stressed that India considers Russia to be the source of his security.

The fight against terrorism, Syria and Ukraine

In the adopted on the results of the official visit to Russia of the head of the Indian government joint statement, consideration has been given to a number of international problems.

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The document expresses a confidence that the fight against terrorism is possible only at Association of efforts of all world community – without selectivity or double standards “and in strict compliance with the provision of the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council”. An important aspect of combating terrorism is prevention, including through the effective suppression of the spread of terrorist propaganda and extremist ideas, noted in the statement.

Russia and India expressed their firm support for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Syria and “agreed that the internal armed conflict in this country has no forceful solution and can be settled only through political and diplomatic means”.

The two leaders also “expressed their strong support to the people and government of Iraq in their efforts to overcome the current crisis and the protection of national sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

The statement also touched upon the Ukrainian theme. The parties welcomed the progress made in the field of security, including compliance with the ceasefire in the South-East of Ukraine and the signing of the agreement about the withdrawal of military equipment and artillery with a caliber less than 100 mm from the contact line. “This creates favourable conditions for promoting a political settlement, which has no alternative, conciliation is only possible through direct dialogue,” reads the document.