Russia Hails Strong Bond with India Despite Geopolitical Shifts
Russia has highlighted its strong bond with India despite ongoing geopolitical shifts which have placed stress on the relationship between the two nations. During a forum discussion in New Delhi, Russian Ambassador Denis Alipov emphasized the friendly, equal, trusted, and robust nature of the relationship, which has been built over the past 30 years since the signing of the Treaty of India-Russia Friendship in 1993.
The ambassador took a sharp dig at the United States, stating that Russian technology is advanced and that Moscow doesn’t mix technology transfer with politics, unlike the US which is good at advertising its defence cooperation with other countries. He also pointed out that Russia offers a higher level of advanced technology transfer compared to the US.
In his address, Alipov emphasized the extensive bilateral legal framework that has been established between India and Russia, with active contacts maintained at various levels, including annual summits, and inter-governmental and inter-parliamentary commissions. He also pointed out that economic cooperation between the two nations reached impressive results in 2022, with mutual trade breaking a record of $30 billion.
Space, scientific and technological cooperation remain a priority for both India and Russia, with the two nations continuing to work together in the fields of quantum and biotechnology, artificial intelligence, fundamental and applied physics, and medical science. Additionally, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will be taking part in the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in New Delhi from March 1-2, as India holds the presidency of the G20 this year.
Despite the ongoing geopolitical shifts, the strong bond between India and Russia continues to grow and strengthen, as the two nations work towards a mutually beneficial and comprehensive relationship built on trust and equality.
India-Russia Friendship Treaty
The Treaty of India-Russia Friendship was signed on October 4, 1993 and marked the beginning of a new era in the bilateral relationship between India and Russia. The treaty was a milestone in the history of India-Russia relations and became a building block of the current extensive bilateral legal framework between the two nations. Over the years, the relationship between India and Russia has grown from strength to strength, and the treaty has served as a foundation for the development of mutually beneficial ties between the two countries.
The treaty provides a framework for the development of cooperation in various fields such as trade, economic, scientific, and technological collaboration. Over the years, economic cooperation between the two nations has achieved impressive results. In 2022, mutual trade between India and Russia broke a record of US$ 30 billion. Space, scientific and technological cooperation continue to remain a priority for both nations, and they continue to see cooperation in fields such as quantum and biotechnology, artificial intelligence, fundamental and applied physics, and medical science.
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