Prospects of Russian-Indian military cooperation discussed in New Delhi

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“Russian–Indian military cooperation” and “Weapons and machinery of the Russian Federation” photo exhibitions dedicated to Defender of the Fatherland Day were opened at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture (RCSC) in New Delhi.

The exposition, made together with the Attache Office on defence in the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, includes about 50 photos of modern Russian weapons and machinery, joint military exercises and visits of our countries’ official delegations.

Eminent Indian politicians and public figures, representatives and authorities of the partner NGO, students of local universities and journalists took part in the event. The main guests of the evening were: co-chairman of the international organization “Eurasian Peoples' Assembly”, chief of the department of international ties of the Indian National Congress party, Dr. Dalbir Singh, former marshal of the Indian air force Pavan Kapur and attache on defence in the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India Konstantin Zadorin.

Major Dalbir Singh stressed in his speech that he firsthand knew what it was to defend your Homeland, because he himself participated in two wars. Indian politician emphasized he always admired heroism and bravery of the Soviet soldiers, who at the cost of incredible efforts managed to protect their Fatherland during one of the most bloody and large-scale events in the history of mankind – Second World War. “The key lesson a war throws at us is the value of peace. Today we live at times of strained political, economic, social and international climate. Our main goal and duty are to be maintaining peace and solving any conflict situations through open dialogue involving the world community. We are responsible for the world our children and grandchildren will inherit” – he said.

Addressing the audience, Konstantin Zadorin stressed the Russian Federation as successor of the USSR has cooperated with India in military field since 1960. Besides political and military component, a significant role in developing relations between the defence ministries of our countries was played by the signed weapons and military equipment supply contracts worth more than $71 bln. Military attache emphasized, that more than 170 military installations were built in the meantime in India with technical assistance from the Soviet and Russian specialists. “Nowadays there are solid contact and great interaction between the military departments of Russia and India. Visits of the Russian Defence Ministry’s leadership team, the air force command and branches of the armed forces, staff talks, exercises, meetings of expert groups are held annually. A priority focus of the work on developing Russian-Indian military cooperation is seen as military and allied relations between Russia and India and joining forces in the region’s security” – K. Zadorin said.

Marshal Pavan Kapur, while commending the Soviet and Russian assistance and support to develop defense capability of India, said that now most of the machinery in service with the Indian army – from fighter aircrafts to tanks, warships and submarines – are of Russian origin. He noted Russia always was a true friend of India and offered to observe a minute of silence in memory of those who, defending their Homeland, paid the highest price.

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