MOSCOW, December 24. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin noted that Russia and India has consistently and confidently develop privileged strategic partnership.
“I am pleased to say, having fun doing that consistently and confidently develop privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia,” he said, opening the meeting with the Prime Minister of India Narendra modi. Putin stressed that relations are developing in all directions – in the field of international politics, Economics and in the humanitarian sphere.
The head of state noted that some issues require special attention “especially in the current economic challenging environment”. According to the Russian leader, the visit of modi is very timely and will allow to “compare notes” on the main directions of cooperation between the two countries.
Narendra modi at a meeting with Russian President noted a significant contribution of Vladimir Putin to the Russian state.
“Under Your leadership, despite various problems in the world, despite the opposition against Russia, You have raised your country, your state to a qualitatively new level, and Russia were treated with great respect. I commend Your personal leadership in this process”, – said the Indian Prime Minister.
During the exchange of greetings with the Russian leader 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, who in difficult times had always supported India, and the country is aimed at strengthening the strategic partnership with Russia.
In the beginning of the meeting, modi expressed his condolences to Russia in connection with the tragic incident with the Russian aircraft A321 and su-24. “I Express my condolences in connection with the incidents that have recently occurred that killed the Russian pilot and innocent Russian citizens. It was a great tragedy and the entire people of India at this difficult time, grieving together with Russia”, – he said.
As the catastrophe happened
A321 of airline “Kogalymavia” carrying out flight Sharm El-Sheikh to St Petersburg, crashed on 31 October after about half an hour after departure 100 km South from the administrative centre of province Northern Sinai city of El Arish, near the settlement of El Hasna. Onboard there were 217 passengers and seven crew members, they all died. This disaster was the largest in the history of Russian aviation. As stated in the FSB, the cause of the crash was a terrorist attack using an improvised explosive device with power up to 1 kg in a trotyl equivalent. After that, Russia announced the suspension of air links with Egypt.