Vladimir Putin on PM Narendra Modi: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (December 7) praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that he cannot be intimidated or forced to take decisions contrary to national interests. Putin praised PM Modi’s tough stance.
According to news agency ANI, the Russian President’s office quoted Putin at the 14th VTB Investment Forum ‘Russia Calling’ as saying, “I cannot imagine that Modi will take any action, step contrary to the national interests of India and the Indian people.” And may be intimidated, threatened or forced to take decisions. And there is such pressure, I know. By the way, he and I never even talk about this. I just observe what is happening from outside and sometimes, to be honest, I am surprised by his tough stance on protecting India’s national interests.
‘Prime guarantor PM Modi’s policy regarding India-Russia’
Putin also mentioned the bilateral relations between India and Russia. He said, “I would like to say that relations between Russia and India are developing progressively in all directions and the policy adopted by PM Modi is its main guarantor. He certainly belongs to the group of world political figures whom I talked about without naming names.
He is really doing the right thing – Vladimir Putin
Regarding the increasing trade between India and Russia, the Russian President said, “Last year it was 35 billion dollars per year and in the first half of this year it was already 33.5 billion dollars.” That means its increase will be significant.” He said, ”Yes, we all understand that to a large extent, India gets preferences because of the discount on Russian energy resources. Well, he’s really doing the right thing.”
He said, “If I were in his place, I would have done the same if the situation had developed like this.” They make money and rightly so. But of course this is not enough. We have a lot of opportunities. In the global ranking of the world’s economies on the basis of purchasing power parity and economic volume, India is at third place and Russia is at fifth place.
‘It would be right to increase trade with India’
Putin also gave the names of the five countries. The Russian President said, “Let me remind you, this is China, America, India, Japan and Russia.” He also said, “If our trade turnover with China this year is close to 200 billion, then for us India It would be right to increase it with.
This is not the first time that a Russian leader has praised India’s foreign policy. Earlier in November, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had quoted External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s statement about the global structure and multipolar changes due to the rise of players like the Global South and Global East. He had quoted Jaishankar’s comment in which it had been said that the world is more than Europe and the world is more than the West.
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