Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday addressed his New Year message to President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and stressed that despite the difficult international situation in the world, relations between the two countries are developing dynamically.
The Russian President also noted some major developments in bilateral cooperation between India and Russia over the past year.
The note read: “The messages addressed to the President of the Republic of India Droupadi Murmu and the 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. : Over the past year, trade has experienced exceptionally high growth and joint projects in various fields have been successfully implemented.
He also highlighted the cooperation between the two countries to develop multifaceted bilateral relations and coordinate efforts to strengthen security and stability at the regional and global levels.
The document added: “Vladimir Putin welcomed the results of India’s presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the G20 and underlined his belief that Moscow and New Delhi will continue to develop multifaceted bilateral relations and effectively coordinate their efforts to strengthen security and stability at the regional level. and at global levels.”
Additionally, Vladimir Putin extended Christmas and New Year greetings to several former foreign heads of state and government, including Belarus, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Brazil, South Africa , Turkey and many others.
On December 28, Putin met with Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, who was on his official visit to Moscow from December 25 to 29 as part of the ongoing high-level exchanges between the two sides.
During the meeting, Putin highlighted Prime Minister Modi’s positive stance on complex global developments, including the situation in Ukraine.
“We know Prime Minister Modi’s position and we have mentioned it several times. Well, his attitude towards some complex developments, including flashpoints like…in Ukraine,” he noted.
The Russian president mentioned that he had repeatedly advised Prime Minister Modi on developments in Ukraine and indicated that further discussions on the issue would take place.
“Many times I have briefed him about how things are going there and I know that he (PM Modi) is ready to do everything possible to ensure that the issue is resolved through peaceful means. So we will probably look into this further now, and we will give you additional information at that time,” Putin added.
The Russian president also expressed gratitude for the evolving relations between Russia and India amid global unrest. “We are happy to note that despite all the turbulence occurring throughout the world, relations with our true friend in Asia, India, have been progressing gradually,” Putin said.
India has often expressed and clarified its position on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, saying the crisis must be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022, leaving tens of thousands dead on both sides.
Amid the raging military conflict, Prime Minister Modi held talks with Putin as well as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Prime Minister Modi also met Ukrainian President Zelensky in Japan during the G7 summit in May 2023.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi assured that he would do everything possible to help resolve the conflict.
“India and I will do everything possible to resolve the conflict,” PM Modi said.
New Delhi has sought a diplomatic solution to the conflict, with Prime Minister Modi telling Russian President Vladimir Putin in September that “the era of war is not now.” The remark drew praise from world leaders as well as international media.
Prime Minister Modi advised President Putin to ensure a “cessation of violence”, emphasizing the need for both sides to return to the negotiating table.
In a telephonic conversation with Putin, Prime Minister Modi emphasized that Delhi would stick to a path of strategic ambivalence on the Ukraine crisis for now.
This is a pragmatic choice, reflecting the complexities of a realistic world and Delhi’s own positions on territorial integrity and sovereignty.
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