Russia will never do anything against India’s interests, says Foreign Secy Jaishankar

Jaishankar added that India has expressed its gratitude to Russia for its unequivocal condemnation of the terror attack on Uri Army base.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 19, 2016 5:22 pm

 

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Asserting that both India and Russia condemn terrorism in all ‘its forms and manifestations’, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Saturday insisted that its former cold war ally will “never do anything” against India’s best interests. “The sense of meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russia President Vladimir Putin was that the relationship has really progressed well in last nine months,” Jaishankar said during a press statement after the two heads of state held delegation-level talks on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa.

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Jaishankar added that India has expressed its gratitude to Russia for its unequivocal condemnation of the terror attack on Uri Army base, in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed last month. In response, India, in a well calibrated operation, carried out surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 across the Line of Control and attacked several terror launch pads.

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Reflecting on the recently-signed agreements between both the leaders, Jaishankar described the announced scale of investments between India and Russia as ‘unprecedented’ and emphasised that its primary aim was to foster a better relationship with Russia in both private and public sectors.

Prior to the press statement, India and Russia signed a total of 16 agreements mostly in the fields of defence, energy, power, shipbuilding and space. Both PM Modi and President Putin inaugurated units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam nuclear plant before making  statements detailing the partnership between the two countries.

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Top heads of state including Chinese President Xi Jinping and South African president Jacob Zuma are in Goa to attend the eighth BRICS summit.

BRICS is an association of emerging national economies comprising of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

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    Sadanand Patwardhan
    Oct 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm
    Most careless comment from an apparently well regarded diplomat. Russia would look after her interests as would India do well to follow.
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      SubbuI
      Oct 15, 2016 at 12:54 pm
      JAI JAI SHANKAR EX AMBADOR OF US WHO REPLACED MRS SUJATHA SINGH WHO WAS SACKED UNCERMONIOUSELY AS FOREIGN SECRETARY WAS ADOPTING PRO BAISED DIPLOMACY TOWARDS AMERICA WITH THE RESULT TRIED AND TESTED FRIEND RUSSIA WAS MOVING AWAY FROM US.HE COULD DO MUCH EFFECTIVELY IN DIPLOMATIC IMPROVEMENT TOWARDS CHINA OR STHAN WHICH ARE MORE DETROITED FURTHER. IN SPITE OF NUECLEAR AGREMENT WITH US WE CONTINUED TO MAINTAIN FRUITFULL RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA. HOPE NALYAK NMODI IS AWARE OF GOOD WETHER FRIENDS. R
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        Desert Monk
        Oct 15, 2016 at 2:57 pm
        Russia should convince China for India's NSG membership. Then we think Russia is a.real friend and has some strength. If China can't support India for its NSG entry, BRICS is a waste show.
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          lafanga
          Oct 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm
          So why did Russia send its soldiers to stan for exercise 4 days after Uri and with serious Indian objections to it?
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            Kalikutty
            Oct 15, 2016 at 3:29 pm
            I do not believe that I am inteligent or wise enough to call any one fool and I do not do so. But with all my conviction and humility I say,this man Jaisnkar is a fool
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              CS
              Oct 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm
              The Russian army was secretly invited by Nawaz Sharif as a warning ti his own Military, to not get too big for their boots! A military takeover in stan is now likely to invite Russian intervention to stop terrorists from getting control of nuclear bombs!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;India's RAW must have planned this to help Nawaz thwart his own crazy Generals!
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                Visu
                Oct 15, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                There is still no answer as to why Russia chose to undertake a military exercise in stan. Since this question was never asked (a deduction from the foreign secretary's evasion), one can conclude 3 possible reasons for Russia's action:lt;br/gt;1. To spook India to renew stronger ties with Russialt;br/gt;2. To show support to China to build stronger relationship especially with the South China Sea problem.lt;br/gt;3. To actually learn what quality stan army has on the ground and air to ess its strength.
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