We are an ally who stood by India in darkest hours: Russia

Russia is eying the multi-billion dollar deal for P75-I project of India under which six conventional submarines are to be built with Air Independent Propulsion systems.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 23, 2016 8:15 pm
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With deals over USD 12 billion in kitty this month, including leasing of a second nuclear submarine, Russia hopes to bag more projects as it termed itself as not just a business partner but an “ally” who stood by India in its “darkest hours”. Russia is eying the multi-billion dollar deal for P75-I project of India under which six conventional submarines are to be built with Air Independent Propulsion systems and the next aircraft carrier project besides the deal to jointly develop a fifth generation fighter aircraft.

Asserting that there is no limit to what India and Russia can do together, a top Russian defense official claimed the US and Europeans can never give what Moscow can and has offered. “We are ready not just to deliver most serious weapons, most important weapons but continue to give our state of art technology,” Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec State Corporation, an umbrella organisation of 700 hi-tech civilian and military firms, told PTI.

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“Russia is a friend, an ally and not a business partner. Russia stood by India during its darkest hours. Next year will mark 70 years of our relationship. It is a long time,” he said and noted that Russia had stood by India when it faced sanctions after the 1998 nuclear tests.

“Not so in the recent past, when India was under sanctions, we were pretty much the only partner for India. “Russia has been a partner not only in every day military supplies but also most sensitive and most important supplies including a nuclear submarine which was rented to India for you to use,” said Chemezov who is also a close aide of Russian President Vladmir Putin.

“Come to think about it, I would not imagine any other country to do that, he said. Not in the past or in the future. I cannot imagine US or Europe giving India such a strategic asset,” he said when asked about the tough competition that US and Europe are giving to Russia in the Indian defence market. Not only did Russia lease out a nuclear powered submarine, it actively helped in the building India’s first indigenous nuclear weapon carrying capable submarine INS Arihant which has been inducted into the Indian Navy.

Chemezov said “it is a very special year for us and will be marked by major projects and things are starting already.” He, however, admitted that from a third person’s point of view, there might have been some decline in some areas of defense between the two countries. US and some European countries have managed to strike mega deals with India which the Russians were also competing for.

“It is not a linear sort of relationship. We feel that ties are definitely developing and increasing,” he said. Giving example of the deadly BrahMos missile, Chemezov said that not only has Russia delivered high value equipment but has also collaborated with India on developing strategic assets.

He pointed out that in late 1990s, Russia had transferred technology for Su30 MKI, India’s frontline fighter aircraft. “At that point of time, it was our most modern equipment, our most modern plane. When we had actually signed that agreement, Russia did not even equip its army with this.

“This was basically our newest highest technology. That shows and speaks about our relationship with India,” he said. He also gave the example of T90 tanks, saying they are “not in anyway less but in many way, modern than any advanced US or European technologies”. He said there is scope for cooperation in the P75-I and the aircraft carrier project.

“There is definitely scope for both of those. There is pretty much no limit to what we could do together. Anything that is within our realm of things and possibilities, means it is the same with India,” he said.

Chemezov said that Russia has already submitted its proposals for both projects.

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  1. L
    Oct 23, 2016 at 5:01 pm
    India should immediately ask Israel for help in building technologically challenging contraptions like BULLETS, BULLET CLEANING CLOTHS, RIFLE BUTTS, NAILS FOR ARIEL NAIL BOMS THAT ISRAEL USED TO KILL 2750 CIVILIANS IN WEST BANK. Israel is the most trusted partner of brahmins ever since they lived together in the steppes 3000 years ago before their migration.
    1. R
      Oct 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm
      Russia is bullying India. It was Russia that benefited from the 70 year old alliance. That alliance was actually between Congress party and Russia. Congress was actually funded by Russia until its collapse. There was no people to people friendship. BJP is a Hindu brahmin party that believes in God whereas Russia is a communist state. So Shri Modiji and his crony advisors, even though dumb, should attempt to take a wise decision on whom to side with.
      1. H
        Oct 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm
        Long Live Russia....Russia slowly emerges as best ally of any Muslim country . They encounter ISIS (creation of Israel and US) and save innocent Muslims of Syria . lt;br/gt;Russia will play a major role in coming future and is highly influenced by Muslim Central Asian countries and their strongest Islamic Army of about 10 millions.
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          Kaliappan Ranga
          Oct 25, 2016 at 3:09 pm
          But for Russia, India would have lost Jammu Kashmir long back. The US championed stan's cause in all fora, particularly in The Security Council exercising veto whereas Russia vetoed any plans going against India.
          1. M
            Oct 23, 2016 at 6:36 pm
            It will be good for India and the world if Russia can find a lasting solution to its "problems" with US. After all Russia also aspires to be a democratic country and Russian people are as good as any other good people in earth who just want to live in peace, raise their children in a peaceful environment and enjoy their life. It is in everyone's interest for all democracies to be on same side. Let those who oppose it go into the other side.
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            tom vivag
            Oct 23, 2016 at 7:39 pm
            Usa coming closer to India after failing project with stan . So USA will not be a longterm friend if its relation with China becomes better. It has lost its strong prsence in Afganistan and stan meaning its eying in India and Bangladesh. But at this stage India needs US support for punishing stan as well as china
            1. A
              Oct 23, 2016 at 4:38 pm
              In 1965 india stan war russia provide stan military information to india. ..Russia is reliable partner to Indiapare to American is unfaithful partner
              1. A
                Oct 24, 2016 at 4:42 am
                India can do better if be with Russia, and keep a distance from United States. It also support India to corner stan diplomatically. stan always getting support from their Chinese ally that keeps them aggressive against India. If China keeps a distance with stan due to Russian pressure India can make bigger movement and can attack stan. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; Also, it seems very important to Russia to keep business ties with India where they Russians isolated in the west and barely looking for its economic growth to face challenges from America and its alliance.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; Here the point is that our main enemy is stan, so we need better planning to corner them and to isolate in all means. Hence, strong ties with Russia will neutralize China’s atude towards India which will help India to take on stan easily. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Between India and stan only Jammu and Kashmir is the potential for a nuclear war and 70 of our defense is only to protect our border with stan. India could be an America if Kashmir problem would have been resolved as per UN resolution. India and stan both share the land of Jammu and Kashmir and the UN decision is still pending on that issue.
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