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Russia cherishes special, privileged partnership with India, says envoy Denis Alipov

Given the backdrop of the Ukraine war, Moscow goes the extra mile to celebrate 75 years of bilateral ties with New Delhi on its National Day and releases a special edition of Russia Digest.

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New Delhi: Russia celebrated its National Day on Sunday, and this year also marked the 75 years of ties with India.

Bilateral relations were established in April 1947.

To celebrate both these milestones, Ambassador of Russia to India, Denis Alipov, tweeted, “Throughout these years together, we succeeded in building true friendship and mutual trust”.

On his part, India’s Minister of External Affairs, S. Jaishankar, greeted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the country on its National Day.

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Special Edition of Russia Digest to honour ties 

To honour the special and privileged partnership with India, a special edition of Russia Digest will be released, which will detail the vast contours of the bilateral relations —from strategic affairs, technology and finance to government-to-government ties.

Russia’s push to celebrate the bilateral relations comes amidst the war in Ukraine crossing 100 days and India walking the tightrope on its stance. While criticising the breakout of war and calling for a peaceful resolution, New Delhi has not yet openly criticised Moscow for its aggressive actions in Ukraine.

Further, Russia’s push to commemorate the bilateral ties also comes at a time when India has found itself under pressure from the West to criticise Moscow for its unprovoked actions in Ukraine.

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The larger significance of ties & lineages of the past 

“Our cooperation plays the role of a defining factor for global peace, stability and sustainable development,”  Ambassador Alipov stated, alluding to the larger significance of the bilateral relationship in the world order.

As a footnote to the milestones of the past, Alipov wrote in the special edition on the role of the Soviets in constructing power plants during the 1950s and 1960s in India and setting up the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay in 1958.

He further categorises the “Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation” of 1971 as “ground-breaking”. The treaty was signed between the two countries on the cusp of the 1971 war in erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and played a critical role in the war.

Highlighting the growing defence ties between the two countries, Alipov mentioned that the delivery of the S-400 Triumf missile system is proceeding well. The S-400 is regarded as one of the most sophisticated surface-to-air missile systems in the world. ThePrint had reported that India has already received a tranche of simulators and training equipment for the first squadron of the S-400s.

“We are confident in the future of Russia-India ties and are ready to move forward in utilizing their potential and exploring new horizons for the benefit of the people of our two friendly nations,” he tweeted, assessing the future of bilateral ties.

(Edited by Tony Rai)

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