India to formally become full-fledged SCO member within a week: Vladimir Putin

"The most important thing is the trust and friendship in our relationship between our countries and our people," said Putin, welcoming Modi.  

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 1, 2017 7:23 pm
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that India will formally become a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) within a week. “As far as our international cooperation goes, one thing I would like to point out, in one week, India is becoming full fledged member of the SCO,” he said. Putin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the annual bilateral summit. “The most important thing is the trust and friendship in our relationship between our countries and our people,” said Putin, welcoming Modi.

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“I am glad to have this opportunity to meet you and discuss the whole spectrum of bilateral relations and international relations,” the Russian president told Modi. Recalling the summit in Ufa, Russia, Putin said: “I would like to remind that process was launched in 2015 in Ufa, Russia. Russia has always supported this and given full assistance to it.”

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is a political, economic, and military bloc founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Responding to Putin’s warm welcome, PM Modi said he was privileged to have been able to visit Putin’s hometown as Prime Minister. Highlighting India’s historical relations with Russia based on trust, PM Modi said: “India, Russia friendship is very old, deep and based on trust. India and Russia have always been together on international issues,” he said. The Prime Minister also thanked the Russian President for his “active role” in getting India SCO membership. “I thank you for all the initiatives taken,” he said.

The Prime Minister also sought to focus on stability of Indo-Russia ties over the years. “Normally, in international relations there are ups and downs. But history is witness, there have been no ups and downs in Indo-Russia relations. We have always moved forward,” Modi said.

Meanwhile, China also confirmed the development in a media briefing in Beijing, where it announced that India and Pakistan’s admission as full members to the SCO will be formalised at the political and security grouping’s summit in Kazakhstan next week. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson also added: “Hope India and Pakistan strictly follow the charter of the SCO and the idea of good neighbourliness, uphold the SCO spirit, improve their relations and inject new impetus to the development of the SCO.”

Besides Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, PM Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are also likely to be present at the summit. There are also speculations that Sharif and Modi may likely meet on the sidelines of the summit.

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    Ram Singh
    Jun 2, 2017 at 1:46 am
    Trust and friendship with Communists are something that Nehru found when China invaded Tibet and India. I was never suspect of Modi's intelligence till now.
  2. B
    Jun 2, 2017 at 1:24 am
    A brilliant move by PM Modi! India is on its way to the world stage. NATO and Western dominated world is on its last days that has seen many wars that continues to this day resulting in destruction of life and property worth trillions of US dollars. One hopes PM Modi should now turn his attention to clean up India especially it police and judiciary. Rule of law will make India business friendly and as a result improve the lives of its poorest citizens who number in millions. Jai Hind!
  3. A
    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:39 pm
    SCO is a complicated conglomerate led by Russia and China. Russia has let India to hang its leg into it while China is facilitating its all weather friend stan the membership. It looks in view of China and stan being in it, to be struggle some and difficult to benefit from it while the rest are poised to, especially stan. India will be just an outlet for Russian arms s. This membership may cause some strains between India and USA/Israel. It will hurt India in the long run in my view as to its strategic interests. It is not a good step by Modi.
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    Ram Singh
    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:30 pm
    Mr. Modi better be careful and mindful Russia has Chinese interest and not India's interest at heart. It was Russia who during the Indo China war said India may be their friend but China is their brother and declined to help Moron Nehru who was busy spreading "Hindu Chinee Bhai Bhai" If it was not the interference of President Kennedy, India would be part of great Chinese Empire today. Russia and China would never be our friend, they are best kept at arms length and kept as trading partners.
  5. B
    Jun 1, 2017 at 8:40 pm
    Modi ji should not meet Nawaz Sharif at all unless stan stops cross border terrorism. Talks and terrorism can not go together, this has been our well stated stand.
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