New Delhi, December 06, 2021:- India-Russia summit or the “Friendship Constant” meet-up of old allies, and now two world superpowers, met for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed President Vladimir Putin at Hyderabad House on Monday in New Delhi.
This is the first in-person meet between the two leaders post covid since they met last on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in 2019 in Brasilia.
Since the in-person meet-ups were not possible, Modi and Putin were still engaged on world issues over telephonic conversations. There have been six telephonic conversations between Modi and Putin covering issues of global importance, including Covid, China, Pakistan, Trade, Afghanistan, and assurance of global partnership.
President Vladimir Putin said, “We perceive India as a great power, a friendly nation, and a time-tested friend”, Putin also assured a growing friendship between India and Russia in the future.
In the statement released, the Prime Minister read, on strengthening economic cooperation and released the 2025 target of $30 billion trade and another $50 billion worth of investment.
Putin and Modi also joined hands for international partnerships in the military sphere.
Before the two global leaders met, there was a 2+2 dialogue between Indian and Russian officials of the Defence and Foreign ministry.
India and Russia have been time-tested friends, since Indian independence and the cold war era, till date, crossing all the hurdles when the USA didn’t look at India as a friend and went on to help the Indian enemies during war periods, and even imposing strict sanctions on India that lasted for years.
It was Russia that stood for India.
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