In a clear display of India’s foreign relations priority, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took part took part in celebrations marking Russia’s national day in New Delhi. On the occasion, Ambassador Nikolay Kudashev described the Indo-Russian connection as a building block of regional and international cooperation.
New Delhi (Sputnik) – Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has described the relationship between her country and Russia as that of being nurtured by “unmatched reciprocal support.” The Indian foreign minister was the chief guest at the Russia Day celebrations on 12 June in the Russian embassy in New Delhi.

“Russia has been a source of strength and success for India in defense, development, and diplomacy. It is not only on the bilateral front, but also in the regional, plurilateral, and global arena that India and Russia coordinate closely and have similar approaches. Rightly called special and privileged, the relationship has greatly benefitted the people of our two countries,” read the message by Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, congratulating Russia on its national day.

The foreign minister said that India is committed to further strengthening this unique relationship in all facets of engagement.

“Linkages have grown from strength to strength over the years, characterized by unmatched reciprocal support to each other‘s core interests. They have been nurtured by the leadership and the people of both the countries. Sentiments of mutual trust and friendship were visible in the informal summit between our Prime Minister Modi and President Putin in Sochi Last month,” the message further read.

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