On the second day of his three-day trip to Russia, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh co-chaired the 19th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-M&MTC) meeting, along with his Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu in Moscow.
At the meeting, Russia reaffirmed its willingness to make lndo-Russia Rifles Private Limited — a joint venture to the manufacture Kalashnikov AK 203 rifles in India — operational at the earliest. General Shoigu also called India an exclusive strategic defence partner of his country.
The two defence ministers also held an in-depth discussion on several international issues and General Shoigu briefed Singh about Russia’s operations in Syria. Russia also mentioned that its strong support to India in the field of counter-terrorism will continue and also said that India’s security interests in the region are a priority.
Singh laid emphasis on the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries, which he said was strengthened following the Vladivostok Summit in September 2019.
Russia also asked Singh for an Indian military contingent’s participation in the Army Parade on the occasion of 75th Anniversary of the victory in the Second World War. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin had extended an invite to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the celebrations.