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Russia reaffirmed their stance on supporting India to fight terrorism again on November 06, 2019, Wednesday stating that it is going to provide with heightened priority to New Delhi’s security in the region involved.
The statement was issued by Russian Defence Minister General Sergey Shoigu in a conducted delegation level meeting that witnessed the presence of Minister Rajnath Singh in Moscow.
The 19th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Military Technical Cooperation, was co-chaired by both the defence ministers to further discuss their takes on support to each other along with the issues that they are likely to face to counteract terrorism.
In a decision made, the same also depicted the better move for India-Russia Inter-Governmental Agreement on Reciprocal Logistics Support.
The defence ministry further clarified saying that Shoigu has agreed to the request made by Rajnath Singh for the development and making of the specific working groups for the involved after sales support for the protection of some of the key defence platforms. The ministry also said that both the sides have agreed to intensify the efforts to further finalise the cooperation between the two nations for the time frame of 2021-2030.
Russia is one of the primary suppliers of arms and ammunitions for India but there have been some involved grievances surrounding the prospects of the supply of the critical spares and equipments from the country which ends up affecting the military systems that are procured from the country.
The ministry further stated saying, “The Russian defence minister underlined Moscow's commitment to extend all possible support in enhancing India's defence capabilities, including cooperation in advance and cutting-edge technology. Singh appreciated Russia's steadfast support.”
They also reaffirmed this situation clarifying that the same will contribute better to the joint venture issued by the Indo-Russian rifles pvt. Ltd. which is going to witness the manufacture of the Kalashnikov AK 203 rifles in India.
The two nations, in the conference also discussed on the views of some of the important international issues that are common to them.
The groups also focused on reviewing some of the involved working groups on the military and military technical cooperation. They further discussed that the upcoming tri-service Indra is going to be a breakthrough for both the nation’s defence ties.
The report from the ministry further stated saying, “As a special gesture, the Russian defence minister requested Singh for participation of an lndian military contingent in Army Parade on the occasion of 75th anniversary of the victory in the Second World War.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has already shared his invite to welcome the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to further celebrate the occasion to which Rajnath Singh affirmed that the Indian contingent is definitely going to take part in the process.
By Somapika Dutta