Prime Minister Narinder Modi on Saturday recalls Russia about our friendship since Soviet era by saying “One old friend is better than two new one”. In the BRICS summit being held in Goa, Modi also used Russian proverb and talks about our seven decades-long friendship with Moscow.
Prime Minister did 16 agreements with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a Bilateral meeting between two countries, chaired by the head of the two states, cracked the billions of dollar defense deals of helicopters, the purchase of the S-400 air defense system and naval frigates.
Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) was also signed between two sides for developing smart cities- a dream project of Modi government. Also, Russia and India signed the pact on transport, logistics, shipbuilding and railways in Andhra Pradesh. Phase two of the Kudankulam nuclear reactor was also launched via video conferencing. Foundation stone for phases three and four was also laid down.
In the joint press conference, Modi appreciated Russia for supportive our effort after Uri attack that left our 19 soldiers died. The Indian side, while talking to media, later clarified that Russia has been our great friend. It has assured us that it will not go along who support militancy
Russia also clarifies that there are no talks with our neighbor on selling of defense equipment. When asked by media, Putin said there are no talks for sale going on. The recently held army exercise in Pakistan was to counterterrorism, which has nothing to do with and aimed at India. It does not make a significant change in relations with Pakistan.