In a recent address at the Olympiad on financial security, Russian President Vladimir Putin once again lauded Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, describing him as an “intelligent person” with whom Russia shares “very good political relations.” Putin’s remarks come at a crucial juncture, especially when both nations are exploring avenues for cooperation in financial security and cybercrime.
Putin emphasized that India has been making rapid strides under Modi’s leadership, a sentiment that resonates with Russia’s own aspirations. This mutual admiration and respect are not new; they are deeply rooted in centuries-old friendship and partnership between the two nations. Putin’s statement gains particular significance as it follows the New Delhi Declaration during the G-20 summit about a month ago, where India called for establishing peace in Ukraine without directly implicating Russia. Moscow, in turn, supported the declaration and India’s chairmanship of the G20. Interestingly, Putin also commented on the politicization of the G20, warning that it could lead to the organization’s demise.
The Russian President’s admiration for Modi extends beyond politics. Last month, while addressing the media at the 8th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Putin praised Modi’s efforts to promote the “Make in India” program. He cited India’s burgeoning automotive industry as an example that Russia could emulate. “Earlier cars were not made in our country, but now we are making them. It’s true that they look less good than Audi and Mercedes, but that’s not a problem. We should use Russian-made vehicles,” Putin said.
This isn’t the first time Putin has expressed such sentiments. In June, he acknowledged India’s open invitation to companies to operate within its borders, suggesting that Russia could learn from India’s approach to encourage domestic manufacturing and utilization of resources. The mutual admiration between the two leaders is evident, and it extends to various sectors, from politics and economics to manufacturing and technology.
The relationship between Russia and India has always been one of mutual respect and cooperation. Both nations have stood by each other in times of crisis and have celebrated each other’s achievements. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the partnership between Russia and India serves as a model for international relations, demonstrating how two nations can collaborate for mutual benefit while respecting each other’s sovereignty and aspirations.
It is worth noting that Prime Minister Modi has also been receiving accolades on the domestic front. His endorsement of the film “The Vaccine War,” which portrays the relentless efforts of India’s scientists in the battle against COVID-19, has been well-received.
As both leaders continue to express mutual admiration and work towards common goals, the world watches with keen interest. The Russia-India partnership, fortified by the personal rapport between Putin and Modi, promises to be a cornerstone in the geopolitics of the 21st century, influencing not just the two nations but potentially shaping the global landscape in years to come.