Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his annual address to the Valdai Discussion Club, a Moscow-based think tank, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s independent foreign policy, saying that a lot has been done under his leadership in India as he called him a patriot of the country, according to Reuters translation of the former’s statement which he said in Russian.
“A lot has been done under the leadership of PM Modi. He is a patriot of his country. His idea of ‘Make in India’ matters both economic wise and in ethics. Future belongs to India, it can be proud of the fact that it’s the largest democracy in the world,” the Kremlin said at Valdai Discussion Club, as per Reuters translation.
Calling India’s growth – from being a British colony to a modern state – a tremendous one, the Russian president added that around 1.5 billion people and definite development results give reasons for everyone’s respect and admiration for India.
“India has made tremendous progress in its development from being a British colony to a modern state. Almost 1.5 billion people & tangible development results give reasons for everyone’s respect & admiration for India,” he added.
He further emphasized ties between India and Russia, calling it a special relationship.
“It has been underpinned by a close ally relationship of many decades. We’ve never had any difficult issues and supported each other and that’s happening right now. I’m sure it’ll happen in future,” Putin stated.
He also stressed that PM Modi has asked him to increase the supply of fertilizers which is very important for Indian agriculture.
Jaishankar to visit Moscow on November 8
New Delhi: Foreign minister S Jaishankar will visit Russia on November 8 to meet his counterpart Sergey Lavrov amid rising concern over oil prices, food crisis and the escalating nuclear rhetoric.
Russian foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said the discussions will revolve around bilateral relations and “international developments”.
The Western cap on Russian oil prices — imposed as part of sanctions against it — came into effect in December. Availing oil at a low G7 (Group of 7 nations) price cap will mean siding with the G7 and dropping the neutrality that New Delhi has maintained so far.
India has abstained from voting in the key United Nations Security Council resolutions against Russia, despite pressure from western nations.