Putin: Russia and India maintain a privileged strategic partnership

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that Moscow and New Delhi maintain a privileged strategic partnership.
“Our countries have enjoyed decades of a good friendship,” Putin said at talks with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Kremlin. “Today, our relations have the nature of a privileged strategic partnership,” he added.
The Russian leader expressed satisfaction with growing trade between the two countries which he said saw a 66% increase last year “and rose by another 20% in the first quarter of this year.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on an official visit to Russia, has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for laying the basis for the successful development of bilateral relations.
“The basis for these achievements was laid by you,” he said, addressing the Russian leader. “Our relations are flourishing and are getting closer with time.”
“In the past nearly 25 years, relations between Russia and India have strengthened in all areas under your leadership and each time we observe new landmarks and successes that we are reaching in the development of strategic relations between our countries,” Modi said during a ceremony of awarding him with Russia’s Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called.
“Our partnership rests on partnership between people. Such partnership brings hope for a better future between our people. This is a guarantee of the better future for our citizens,” he added.

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