No ‘tight’ military relations with Pakistan, ties with India will not be diluted: Putin

Vladimir Putin said the 'trust-based' relation between Russia and India will not be diluted by Moscow's growing bilateral relationship with Pakistan

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 1, 2017 7:50 pm
Narendra Modi, Vladimir Putin, Modi in Russia, Modi four-nation tour Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russia President Vladimir Putin. (Source: Twitter/ @narendramodi)

Describing India as one of the ‘closest friends’ of his country, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that the ‘trust-based’ relation between the countries will not be diluted by Moscow’s growing bilateral relationship with Pakistan and other countries, reported news agency PTI. Putin’s remarks came in the wake of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to St Petersburg to attend the 18th India-Russia annual Summit.

“We do not have any tight (military) relations with Pakistan. And for sure our relations with Pakistan have no impact on trade between India and Russia,” he said. When asked about the disputed region of Kashmir, he said ‘it is up to you’ to assess whether Pakistan is funding terrorism in India. “But no matter where the threat comes, it is unacceptable and we will always support India in its fight against terrorism,” he added.

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Interacting with the media at Konstantin Palace, he added that it was ‘ridiculous’ to believe that Russia’s relationship with India, should restrict the latter from partnering other countries.

“India is a huge country of more than 1 billion population. Russia is also a huge country. Both Russia and India have a lot of context and mutual interests. We are respectful toward all Indian interests,” the 64-year-old said. The two leaders, who held talks on wide-ranging issues, including ways to boost energy and trade ties, are expected to sign 12 agreements in various sectors like science and technology, railways and cultural exchanges. They are also likely to ink a deal on India’s largest nuclear power plant in Kudankulam, apart from releasing a vision statement.

Read: India, Russia are ‘natural partners’ in fighting terrorism: PM Narendra Modi. Click here.

Following their bilateral talks, Modi had tweeted saying the two had a ‘wonderful’ meeting.

Modi is on a four-nation tour. After visiting Germany and Spain earlier this week, he travelled to Russia. From here, he is expected to visit France, and meet its newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. L
    Jun 2, 2017 at 5:00 am
    Another country where Modi went and as usual cried about Pa-kistan without much luck hahahaha. Can you losers start worrying about your own country and stop trying in vain to isolate Pa-kistan lol. Have relations with whoever you want but please stop sounding like a pathetic broken record every time you get in front of a microphone. Even a two bit African tin pot country will behave better than you losers.
    1. A
      Jun 2, 2017 at 3:44 am
      did modiji talks about russian president eating beef ? did he asked him to stop eating beef ? did he tell him that if he dont stop eating beef then india will not give any military order to russia? The only purpose of modiji becoming prime minister is to save beef from eating and to give employement to gau rakshak goons ! did russian president undertsand that ? Did Putin knows that modiji is not the actual PM and the PM of the country is Bhagawatji sitting in Nagpur ?
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        brez brez
        Jun 2, 2017 at 3:09 am
        Modi is a murderer of Muslim Indians and Muslim Kashmiri's. Just as India took independence from Britain through war by its majority Hindus, the majority of Kashmiri's want independence from India and are prepared to fight for it. If Putin honestly wants to deal with terrorists he should immediately incarcerate the Modi criminal in front of him, the evidence is overwhelming.
        1. S
          Jun 2, 2017 at 7:31 am
          Evidence against Kashmiri Muslims and its separatists leaders is also overwhelming to incarcerate the entire community who criminally planned and worked with terorrists to mercilessely kick out the minority Hindus - men, women and innocent children - from the valley and usurped their properties. Should we put the entire Kashmiri community to trial?
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          ak dev
          Jun 2, 2017 at 2:50 am
          Putin ne Modi ka ullu banaya.
          1. G
            Jun 1, 2017 at 10:58 pm
            Thanks to Mr. Nehru, will Mr. Modi give him the due credit?
            1. M
              Jun 1, 2017 at 11:45 pm
              Give Mr. Nehru as much as credit as you want because he could not make good use of all the opportunities he had. If he had used it India would not have Kashmir problem today nor it would be begging for UN seat after pushing it away. Likewise because of his worthy followers, India would not be having the Babri Masjid problem because Hindus and Muslims would have solved it through dialog. If you are in doubt just listen to their famous chela Mani Shankar Ayer from time to time to refresh your coordinates!
              1. A
                ak dev
                Jun 2, 2017 at 2:56 am
                Nehru is liked only by cheaters, looters and corrupts.
              2. B
                Jun 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm
                Congress has credit for atom bomb vijanta tank Tejus fighter plan HAL helicopter missiles armoured vehicles infantry fire arms etc. What we see in india is all made developed by congress with no hatred industry. Maximum. Employment highest to Hindus only few to non hindus to whom some blame appea t. Congress marginalized muslims in all services.
                1. S
                  Jun 1, 2017 at 9:11 pm
                  Modi with all that Yoga looks like a bloated hot air balloon, compared to a fit and trim Putin, who practices martial arts over Yoga. Now Modi will get carried away by that statement and offer billions worth of orders to Russia, behind Modi's back Putin will say "see how I fooled that gas bag".
                  1. T
                    Jun 1, 2017 at 9:01 pm
                    Midi must come out of Bakistan phobia
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