Greater Asia: Russia and India celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations

07/04/2022 19:00

A video conference dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries was held on Thursday. The conference opened a series of festive events.

Videoconference "Russia - India. Roads of Friendship", dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between our countries, was held on Thursday. It opened a series of festive events. As the head of the Rossotrudnichestvo Representative Office in India, Fedor Rozovsky, told TASS, the event was organized by the Russian Association for International Cooperation (RAMS), the “India – Russia” Foundation and the Russia - India Friendship Society. The event is supported by the Russian House in the Indian capital.

"This event became the first in an extensive program dedicated to the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between our countries," - the agency interlocutor said, noting that among the participants of the conference were well-known experts, politicians, experts on bilateral relations.

Among them are Indian Ambassador to Russia Pavan Kapoor, Russian Ambassador to India Denis Alipov, RAMS Secretary General Vladimir Polozkov, President of the India - Russia Friendship Society Evgeny Shilnikov, Member of Parliament of India and President of the India - Russia Foundation Bhubaneswar Kalita, Co-Chairman of the International Organization "Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly" Dalbir Singh, Chairman of the Council of the All-Russian Public organizations "Russian Diplomats Association" Igor Halevinsky and others.

"Long-standing Russian - Indian relations are built on the principles of trust, mutual understanding and respect for each other's internal and external interests," -Denis Alipov said at the opening of the conference.

"Special Status of Relationship"

In his speech, Pavan Kapoor pointed out that on April 13, 1947, even before India had gained independence from Great Britain (it was proclaimed on August 15, 1947), an official statement was made on the establishment of diplomatic relations between New Delhi and Moscow. "India is ready to provide any necessary support to achieve a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine," - the head of the Indian diplomatic mission said, pointing out that since the beginning of the special military operation, the heads of the Russian Federation and India have contacted each other three times to discuss the current situation, which once again underlines the high level of trust and mutual understanding.

Dalbir Singh, in his turn, stressed that Russia and India are one of the few countries that hold annual summits with the participation of heads of states and top officials. "The special status of our relations is a symbol of long-term cooperation based on full mutual trust. The Soviet Union has repeatedly provided assistance and support to India in difficult times for our country, and today we are ready to support Russia. Despite the pressure and unprecedented sanctions from the West, our countries are ready to confidently move forward on the course of strengthening bilateral cooperation, developing trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian, scientific and technological ties," - the Indian politician added.