Russian and Indian defence ministers held negotiations in Moscow
Plans for military and technical cooperation between Russia and India are being implemented successfully, but require special control and adjustment, Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu said at today's talks with the head of the Indian military department Rajnath Singh.
"I am sure that today we will have the opportunity to discuss and sum up the results of 2019 and, of course, the plan of our cooperation for 2020. In addition, we will discuss issues related to military-technical cooperation", - Sergei Shoigu said, opening the meeting with his Indian counterpart.
He expressed hope that the joint work will serve as a reliable and thorough continuation of what has already been done in the field of bilateral military and technical cooperation.
According to Sergei Shoigu, "Russia and India are linked by reliable, solid, friendly relations". "This is particularly true for cooperation in the military and technical spheres", - he stressed.
"The interaction of general staffs and branches of armed forces is strengthened, the exchange of military delegations is expanded, work is underway in the field of military education".
"We are jointly holding major combat training events. Regular exercises "Indra" - a good example of combat coordination of the armies of Russia and India", - said Sergei Shoigu, adding that close cooperation is maintained "on the military line in multilateral formats, primarily within the SCO and "SMOA plus" (meeting of ASEAN defence ministers with dialogue partners).
Sergei Shoigu noted that the defence sector is one of the key areas of Russian-Indian cooperation.
He also added that Russia and India are bound by a strong, time-honoured friendship based on deep affection and mutual trust.
Russian Defence Minister stressed that regular meetings of the leaders of our countries, the last of which was held in Vladivostok, is a striking evidence of constructive bilateral relations.
The Head of the Russian Military Department also noted "the proximity of the positions of Russia and India on key global and regional problems".
“I am convinced”, - said Sergei Shoigu, - “that the meeting of the intergovernmental commission on military and technical cooperation will further expand the multidimensional relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of India. We are aimed at fruitful joint work".
The Head of the Russian military department said that he was sincerely glad to meet with Rajnath Singh, who was appointed minister of defence of India on May 31, 2019.
“We always gladly meet our Indian friends in Russia”, - concluded Sergei Shoigu.