“Russia has been India’s foremost defense partner through decades. Russia will remain our foremost defense partner”.
Of course. The Soviet Union had a long, productive and mutually respectful relationship with India and Russia intends to do the same. I can’t say what Putin thinks of Modi on a personal level and it is clear that he is able to establish close personal relationships with some political leaders while with others he sticks to a purely business relationship.
However, Putin would never let that interfere in building and maintaining a relationship with India. From his perspective, Modi deserves the deepest possible respect as a duly democratically elected leader of a nation Russia has long considered a valued friend. Unlike the US, neither the Soviet Union or Russia has ever looked at India condescendingly because of its lower level of economic development – Russians as a people have tremendous respect for history, culture and past civilisational achievements where Americans look at GDP per capita and deride the lack of availability of indoor plumbing.
I’ve read the other answers and I feel I need to point something out. Russia does not make its friendship conditional on favouring Russian companies or being appropriately hostile to countries that are hostile to Russia. Russia produces and exports arms, so if Pakistan chooses to buy Russian arms with its own money rather than use American gear they can get for free, Russia will happily sign a deal with them. This ought not be interpreted as a snub to India.
However, Putin had a relatively productive visit to India despite all the problems facing his country. Significantly, and as many predicted, Narendra Modi welcomed Putin with open arms — he even went one step further than what standard protocol would require and rhetorically expressed India’s continuing and almost unconditional support for Russia in trying times. “Times have changed, our friendship has not,” Modi noted frankly. He added that “Now, we want to take this relation to the next level and this visit is a step in that direction.”
02 June, 2017, The two countries are also expected to sign a number of other agreements in wide-ranging sectors, including in science and technology, railways, cultural exchanges and other business areas between private parties also, in addition to a “vision statement” that the two leaders will release.
The nuclear deal, if signed, would be the centrepiece of the summit, and the two units of the plant, with capacity to produce 1,000 MW of electricity each, will significantly boost India’s nuclear power generation.
The reactors are being built by India’s Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and Russia’s Atomstroyexport company, a subsidiary of Rosatom, the regulatory body of the Russian nuclear complex. “There is a lot of mutual trust and personal chemistry between the two leaders that has developed over the last three years,” Pankaj Saran, India’s ambassador to Russia.
Other than the annual summit, he will attend the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. It’s the first time that an Indian prime minister is attending the economic and business summit. Trade between the two nations stands at $7.8 billion, down from $10 billion in 2014. The two nations are targeting to raise the trade to $30 billion in the next five years.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 1, 2017
Modi will begin his Russia sojourn with a visit on Thursday to the Piskariovskoe cemetery, a memorial for some 500,000 Russians who were killed in the siege of Leningrad in World War II, which the Russians call the Great Patriotic War. Modi will then be received by Putin at the Konstantin Palace, a sprawling regal complex that is also the Russian president’s official residence where he hosts world leaders.
After the summit, Putin will host Modi at a private dinner without any aides. Ahead of his arrival, Modi wrote an article in Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazetta in which he said India and Russia are “natural partners” in fighting terrorism and asserted that ties between the two nations have “withstood the test of time.”
“We have been together in times – good and bad,” he wrote. “India-Russia relations have been the one constant in a world that has changed dramatically since 1947. They have withstood the test of time, and grown from strength to strength. The resilience of our relationship is based on the fact that it rests on the principles of equality, trust and mutual benefit,” Modi said.
He also hailed the erstwhile Soviet Union’s help to India in building its industrial base. He said both countries are opening new areas of cooperation in the energy sector, telecommunications and science and technology and they have set up funds to facilitate investment in high technologies.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 1, 2017
Further, Also at the summit on , “the leaders will take stock of the current relationship and discuss a blueprint for a vision of the future,” he said. The prime minister last night arrived in the Russian city of St Petersburg, the former capital of imperial Russia that was founded by Czar Peter the Great in 1703, and was also known as Petrograd and Leningrad, on a three-day visit.
The Russian President vladmir Putin is not in favour of Modi:
- As modi made a deal with USA giving access to Indian naval bases to Station US Navy ships and usa has given India nor NATO close Ally status;
- Modi is iignoreing Russia as the Russian president vladmir Putin was not received properly …..and Obama was received by modi himself during their visit to India;
- India is sideing with Western countries which never supported us till now;
- As a result of the growing friendship between India USA and RUSSIA has conducted a joint military experience last month I.e in October 2016 with Pakistan
- As Modi favoured the American Apache helicopter and brought it
- The Pakistanis are asking for Russian helicopters
- Beware if Russia become against us we will suffer as all of our jet fighters are Russian and tanks are Russian even guns are from Russia (AK_47);
- Russians gave us information on building the nuclear submarine and INS VIKRANT WHICH IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION NOW.
- MODI IS IN FAVOR OF USA WHICH HAS RECORD OF SUPPORTING PAKIATAN EVEN IF PAKISTAN IS PROVED TO BE THE CULPRIT
- RUSSIA ALWAYS supports INDIA AND SAYS THAT KASHMIR BELONGS TO INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAS NO RIGHT ON KASHMIR WHILE USA ASKS INDIA AND PAKISTAN TO TALK AND SETTLE THE DISPUTE
- THIS IS WHY MODI IS THE WORST PRIME MINISTER TILL DATE.
“We highly appreciate the friendship, trust and mutual understanding with Indian partners,” said Putin, who chiefly touched on bilateral issues in his statement to journalists. No questions were allowed.
(Trilok Singh; The writer/Author, is currently Honorary Student, Kirori Mal College, DU, Department Of political Science).