Russia has been a pillar of strength at difficult moments in India’s history
New Delhi: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee said Russia has been a pillar of strength at difficult moments in India's history. He was delivering the keynote address at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy today (May 8, 2015) at Moscow.
The President said India-Russia relations, shaped as they are by our respective historical experiences, cultural affinities, political convergences and economic opportunities, will not be affected by winds of transient global political trends. Russia has contributed to India’s development, growth and security. India will always reciprocate this support. Across Indian society and the spectrum of its political structures, there is unanimity that friendship with Russia is an important pillar of India's foreign policy. India values its close and extensive cooperation with Russia in defence, nuclear energy and security. Russia is and will remain our most important defence partner. It is also a key partner for our energy security, building on its leading role in the development of nuclear power generation in India.
The President said the dynamic development of India-Russia strategic partnership owes a great deal to the vision and leadership of President Vladimir Putin. His personal commitment has led to new heights in relations of the two countries. India recognizes President Putin as a great friend of India. He looks forward to renewing his association with President Putin on this visit.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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