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Russia in strong support to India’s counter-terror actions

Russia on Wednesday reaffirmed its strong support to India in effectively dealing with terrorism, saying it accords priority to New Delhi’s security interests in the region. Russian Defence Minister General Sergey Shoigu made the remarks during a delegation-level meeting with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh in Moscow, according to the defence ministry here. The 19th […]

Russia in strong support to India’s counter-terror actions
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Russia on Wednesday reaffirmed its strong support to India in effectively dealing with terrorism, saying it accords priority to New Delhi’s security interests in the region.

Russian Defence Minister General Sergey Shoigu made the remarks during a delegation-level meeting with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh in Moscow, according to the defence ministry here.

The 19th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Military Technical Cooperation, co-chaired by Singh and Shoigu, considered on all key aspects of defence and security ties between the two countries.

In a significant move, the two ministers directed their respective teams to work closely for early conclusion of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Agreement on Reciprocal Logistics Support.

The defence ministry said General Shoigu agreed to Singh’s request to constitute specific working groups for after-sales support of key defence platforms being used by Indian armed forces.

“Both sides agreed to escalate efforts to finalise cooperation programme for 2021-2030 period,” the ministry said.

Russia has been one of India’s key major suppliers of arms and ammunition. However, it has been a long-standing offense of armed forces that supply of critical spares and equipment from Russia takes a long time affecting maintenance of military systems procured from that country.

“The Russian defence minister underlined Moscow’s commitment to extend all possible support in enhancing India’s defence capabilities, including cooperation in advance and cutting-edge technology. Singh appreciated Russia’s steadfast support,” ministry said.

The Russian side also confirmed its readiness to operationalise the joint venture lndo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd for the manufacture of Kalashnikov AK 203 rifles in India at the earliest.

The two sides also exchanged views on a range of international issues of common concern, and General Shoigu briefed Singh on Russian operations in Syria, the ministry said.

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has already extended an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the celebrations. Singh assured that an Indian contingent would be participating in the parade,” it said.

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