Russia deeply cherishes equal and respectful relations with India – Envoy
New Delhi, June 12 (PTI): Russia deeply cherishes the equal and respectful relations with India and the multidimensional cooperation between the two strategic partners is one of the world’s “most elaborate” ones, Russian Ambassador Denis Alipov has said.
The envoy has also said that the positions of the two countries on “core issues remain similar or coinciding”.
Alipov made the comments in the Russia Digest magazine on the occasion of the 75th year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
He also said the delivery of S-400 air defence missile systems to India is proceeding well in accordance with the schedule.
“Russia deeply cherishes equal and respectful relations with India. Our cooperation plays the role of a defining factor for global peace, stability and sustainable development,” Alipov said.
“We are confident in the future of our bilateral ties and are ready to move forward in utilising their potential and exploring new horizons for the benefit of the people of our two friendly nations,” he added.
Alipov’s comments came in the midst of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. India is yet to condemn the Russian action and has pressed for the resolution of the crisis through dialogue.
Referring to 75 years of the India-Russia ties, Alipov said both countries succeeded in building a “true friendship and mutual trust” in these years.
“Today’s Russia-India multidimensional cooperation is one of the world’s most elaborate ones with regular meetings of the two intergovernmental commissions, sector-wise ministerial, security advisors’ and senior officials’ dialogue, foreign office consultations and coordination in the global arena,” he said.
He said Russia and India were among the first countries in the world to establish the practice of annual bilateral summits.
“Our positions on core issues remain similar or coinciding, stressing the need to uphold the central role of the United Nations towards just and equal multipolarity and opposing unilateral and confrontational approaches,” Alipov said.
“We continue close coordination on the agenda of BRICS as well as the G20 and the SCO, which India will chair in 2022-2023,” he added.
The envoy said Russia and India continue to successfully implement flagship initiatives, which make the cooperation “unparalleled”.
Among those, he said, are the Kudankulam nuclear power plant project, the AK-203 rifles manufacturing programme, cooperation in combat aviation, manufacturing of main battle tanks as well as construction of frigates, submarines, Brahmos and other missiles projects.
“With the increased volumes of bilateral trade by more than 45 per cent in 2021, this positive trend is supplemented in 2022 by intensified cooperation in energy and fertilisers,” Alipov said.
He said priority is being given to the implementation of the North-South transport corridor project and an early conclusion of the free trade pact between the Eurasian Economic Union and India.
“Along with ongoing projects in connectivity, diamond processing, healthcare, tourism, railways, metallurgy, civil aviation, shipbuilding, oil refinery and petrochemicals, there are plenty of new opportunities for the Indian business in the Russian market, especially against the backdrop of withdrawal of many western companies,” Alipov said.