India and Russia Sign Number of Military Agreements and Contracts
07:14 GMT 06.12.2021 (Updated: 19:04 GMT 03.11.2022)
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - India and Russia have signed a number of agreements, contracts, and protocols regarding small arms and military cooperation, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday, following a meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in New Delhi.
"India deeply appreciates Russia's strong support for India. We hope that our cooperation will bring peace, prosperity and stability to the entire region. Glad that a number of Agreements/Contracts/Protocols were signed pertaining to small arms and military cooperation", Singh tweeted.
He also called the talks with Shoigu "productive, fruitful, and substantial", adding that "India values its special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia".
Following the meeting, Shoigu noted that the defence sector is one of the main areas of Russian-Indian cooperation.
"For many years we have been successfully cooperating on many levels. The defence sector is one of the main areas of Russian-Indian cooperation. Despite the difficult epidemiological situation, cooperation between general staff and the armed forces is getting stronger and the exchange of military delegations is expanding", Shoigu added.
Top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, are visiting New Delhi, where the 21st Annual India-Russia Summit
is being held. Putin previously said that he intends to discuss new "large-scale" initiatives with Prime Minister Modi on further developing Russian-Indian relations.