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India, Russia To Strengthen Bilateral Ties

NEW DELHI, July 16 (Bernama) -- India and Russia have discussed strengthening bilateral ties and to further broaden strategic partnership including in the areas of defence, nuclear energy, space and energy.

"Talked about strengthening Russia-India ties in my meeting with President (Vladimir) Putin. We value our friendship with Russia," India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi said in the micro-blogging site, twitter.

Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit at Fortaleza, Brazil.

The prime minister conveyed his sincere appreciation and admiration for Putin's decisive leadership in deepening and expanding the India-Russia special and privileged strategic partnership.

Modi had expressed deep appreciation for Russia's friendship and unstinting bilateral and international support for India's economic development and security since the early days of India's independence, said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

The prime minister reaffirmed that relations with Russia will continue to enjoy the priority that they always had in India's foreign policy.

Modi looks forward to working with Putin to further deepen and broad-base the strategic partnership including in the areas of defence, nuclear energy, space, energy, trade and investment, people-to-people contacts and addressing regional and global challenges, the statement said.

The two leaders looked forward to their Annual Summit in Delhi in December 2014 as an opportunity to outline a bold vision and roadmap for their relationship in the years ahead.

-- BERNAMA




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