India and Russia broke new ground in their relationship


Posted on 07 December 2021


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Old allies India and Russia broke new ground in their relationship by holding their first 2+2 dialogue, and President Vladimir Putin paid a five-hour visit to India for a summit meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi – only his second journey overseas since the virus struck the world. On Monday, India and Russia inked 28 agreements. India emphasised its ambition of being a defence development and production partner for Russia, rather than just a buyer, and even referred to Chinese aggression in Ladakh, reminding Moscow that  “India seeks partners who are sensitive and responsive to its expectations and requirements”. “Our meeting today will strengthen our Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership. The initiatives that we take today will further increase the scope of our cooperation to new areas,” PM Modi stated, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "friend." The signing of 10-year military-technical agreements, as well as the plan to jointly develop the AK-203 assault rifles under the 'Make in India' initiative, were the main takeaways from the annual summit and the initial 2+2 ministerial meetings, according to Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. The relationship is reorienting to joint research and development, co-development, and joint manufacturing of advanced defence technology and systems in response to India's goal for self-sufficiency, according to the statement. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met with their Russian counterparts, Sergey Shoygu and Sergey Lavrov, earlier in the day in a 2+2 meeting.


Key Points


  • Old allies India and Russia broke new ground in their relationship by holding their first 2+2 dialogue, and President Vladimir Putin paid a five-hour visit to India for a summit meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi – only his second journey overseas since the virus struck the world. 

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met with their Russian counterparts, Sergey Shoygu and Sergey Lavrov, earlier in the day in a 2+2 meeting.