Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Droupadi Murmu a happy New Year on Saturday. In his message, Putin emphasized that although the world is facing many difficulties, relations between Russia and India are still developing quickly. Furthermore, Putin recognized the noteworthy progress and mutual collaboration that have occurred between the two nations throughout the previous year.
“The messages addressed to President of the Republic of India Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi note that, despite the difficult international situation, the special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India continues to develop dynamically: in the outgoing year, trade has been growing at an exceptionally high rate and joint projects in various areas have been successfully implemented,” Putin’s message stated.
“Vladimir Putin praised the results of India’s chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the G20 and stressed his conviction that Moscow and New Delhi will continue to develop multifaceted bilateral ties and effectively coordinate efforts to strengthen security and stability at the regional and global levels,” a statement added.
As part of the ongoing high-level talks between the two countries, Putin met with S. Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, on December 28. Jaishankar was in Moscow on an official visit from December 25 to December 29.
“We know the stance of Prime Minister Modi and we mentioned that repeatedly on many occasions. Well, his attitude towards some complex developments, including the flashpoints like…in Ukraine,” Putin added.
“Many times, I advised him of how things have been going there and I know that he (PM Modi) is willing to do his utmost so that the issue is resolved by peaceful means. So, we probably will delve into that deeper now, and we will give additional information to you on that time,” Putin added. “We are gratified to note that despite all the turmoil happening worldwide, the relationship with our true friend in Asia, India has been progressing incrementally,” Putin mentioned.