4 Sep 2020
In a big win for India, Russia has accepted the country’s request and said that it will continue with its policy of not supplying arms to Pakistan. The reiteration of Russia’s policy was made during visiting Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s meeting with his counterpart Gen Sergey Shoigu in Moscow Thursday evening.
“Russia reiterated its policy of no arms supply to Pakistan, following India’s request,” sources said.
The Ministry of Defence earlier stated that the meeting between Rajnath Singh and Gen Shoigu lasted for about one hour. It was held at the Russian Ministry of Defence in Moscow.
“The meeting covered a broad range of areas of cooperation between the two countries,” the MoD stated.
The two ministers held talks on strengthening defence and strategic cooperation between both the friendly nations.
“Excellent meeting with the Russian Defence Minister General Sergey Shoigu in Moscow today. We talked about a wide range of issues, particularly how to deepen defence and strategic cooperation between both the countries,” Rajnath Singh had tweeted post his meeting.
The Defence Minister had earlier arrived in Moscow on a three-day visit to take part in the combined meeting of Defence Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
Also in Moscow, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar held deliberations with Dmitry Shugaev, Director, Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation, Russia.
The Russian Embassy in India tweeted that the Russian Defence Minister highlighted colossal potential of collaboration between Russia and India during his meeting with his Indian counterpart.
“Military and military and technical cooperation were discussed,” the embassy said.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan, spoke on the India-Russia Young Scholars International e-Conference 2020 on the 20th anniversary of India-Russia Strategic Partnership: “The time tested India-Russia relationship is based on unparalleled mutual trust and respect, common interests and concurrence on fundamental issues of global affairs.”
“The dynamism of the India-Russia relationship has propelled the bilateral cooperation beyond the traditional areas to almost all sectors of the economy benefitting the people of both countries. Our trade has also increased by 40,” Muraleedharan tweeted.