‘High degree of trust, India-Russia relations the only constant in global politics’ says Dr. Jaishankar in Moscow

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar expressed on Tuesday that despite fluctuations in relations between nations, the enduring constant in global politics remains the strong bond shared between India and Russia.

He underscored that collaboration in defense, space, and nuclear energy occurs only among nations with a “high degree” of mutual trust.

The Foreign Minister engaged with the Indian community during an event in Moscow on Tuesday.

During his address, Jaishankar remarked, “The relationship between India and Russia is truly exceptional in many aspects… When examining the political dynamics over the last 60, 70, or 80 years among major countries, it’s evident that relationships experience highs and lows. Whether it’s Russia and China, Russia and the USA, Russia and Europe, or India and China, India and the USA, over time, one observes phases of prosperity, challenges, tensions, cherished memories, and remarkable accomplishments.”

He also affirmed that he is scheduled to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday as part of his four-day visit to the country.

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), Jaishankar mentioned that during his interaction, he encouraged the Indian community to play a role in enhancing the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two nations.

“Engaged with the Indian community in Moscow. Recognized their efforts in fostering a robust and enduring collaboration between India and Russia. The Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership reflects the shared experiences and sentiments of the last 75 years. Encouraged the community to actively contribute to the deepening of mutually beneficial cooperation. Their contribution to fostering close ties between our civil societies is invaluable. An #AtmanirbharBharat will strengthen connections with Russia in a multipolar world,” Jaishankar shared on X.

In his address, the EAM also observed that over the past 70-80 years, both India and Russia have undergone significant transformations, and while much has changed in global politics, the relationship between New Delhi and Moscow has remained steadfast.

“To me, what stands out in the India-Russia relationship is its exceptional nature. Over the past 70-80 years since the early 50s, significant changes have occurred. The Soviet Union transitioned into the Russian Federation, global politics underwent major shifts, Russia underwent transformation, and India experienced substantial growth. However, amidst these transformations, the one constant in world politics has been the enduring relationship between India and Russia,” he remarked.

Jaishankar highlighted that the collaborative efforts between India and Russia across various domains exemplify the strength of their relationship.

“Russia holds a special status as a partner, particularly in areas such as defense and nuclear energy. Today, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov, we signed crucial agreements related to the future units of the Kudankulam Nuclear Project. Typically, collaborations in defense, nuclear, and space are undertaken only with countries with whom there is a high level of trust. Therefore, our cooperation reflects the robustness of our relationship,” he added.

The Foreign Minister acknowledged the robust support India received from Russia during its G20 presidency and affirmed New Delhi’s commitment to supporting Moscow’s presidency of the BRICS grouping next year.

Jaishankar, who commenced his four-day visit to Russia on Monday, expressed anticipation for his engagements during the visit.

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