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Russia assures support to India

India and Russia always enjoyed close ties and always been at helping each other at various times. Also, PM Mosi and President Putin also frequently engage in conversations and meetings


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New Delhi: Russia assures India that any help from their part would be offered at any circumstances, to resolve any conflicts arisen between India and China. India and Russia enjoy close ties and have frequently engaged at the highest level, both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin have spoken to each other several times this year including on COVID crisis.

The Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin said, "We hope that the tensions will soon de-escalate, and the sides would further maintain a constructive dialogue also keeping in mind the potential of cooperation. Russia believes it is vital for the region."

Earlier on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had said, "It has already been announced that the military representatives of India and China have made contact, they are discussing the situation, discussing measures to de-escalate it. We welcome this".

Defence minister Rajnath Singh, who left for Moscow on a three-day trip on Monday morning, will also press Russia for air transportation of the spares and related equipment — for Sukhoi-30MKI and MiG-29 fighters, T-90S main battle tanks and Kilo-class submarines — instead of the time-consuming route through shipping, sources said. “The visit will give me an opportunity to hold talks on ways to further deepen the India-Russia defence and strategic partnership. I shall also be attending the 75th Victory Day Parade in Moscow (on June 24),” Singh said.

He will also use the opportunity to brief his Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu on the bloody border skirmishes with China during their bilateral meeting on Tuesday. Over 60% of the weapons systems used by the 1.5 million strong Indian armed forces are still of Russian origin, though India has increasingly turned to the US, France and Israel for arms imports over the last 15 years.