Russian President Vladimir Putin conveyed a special New Year message to President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, emphasizing the dynamic development of the special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India. Despite the challenging international situation, Putin praised the exceptional growth in trade and the successful implementation of joint projects in various areas over the outgoing year.
Bilateral Cooperation and Achievements
In the New Year note, Putin highlighted the multifaceted bilateral ties between Russia and India, acknowledging the positive outcomes of India’s chairmanship of both the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the G20. He expressed confidence that Moscow and New Delhi will continue to work together effectively to enhance security and stability at regional and global levels.
Continued Cooperation Amid Global Turmoil
The message underscored the commitment to coordination between the two nations in tackling complex global developments. Putin praised Prime Minister Modi’s positive stance on various international issues, including the situation in Ukraine. During his recent meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Putin acknowledged Prime Minister Modi’s willingness to contribute to a peaceful resolution of the Ukraine conflict and indicated further discussions on the matter.
Gratitude for Strengthening Ties
Expressing gratitude for the progressing relationship between Russia and India amidst global turmoil, Putin emphasized the incremental progress in the ties between the two nations. He appreciated India’s consistent stance on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, emphasizing the need for diplomacy and dialogue to resolve the crisis.
India’s Diplomatic Approach to the Ukraine Crisis
India’s approach to the Russia-Ukraine conflict has been characterized by a commitment to a diplomatic solution. Prime Minister Modi has consistently advocated for the cessation of violence and a return to the negotiation table. During a telephonic conversation with President Putin, PM Modi highlighted India’s strategic ambivalence on the Ukraine crisis, reflecting a pragmatic choice in navigating the complexities of the realist world while upholding principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty.
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