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    Vladimir Putin said that Russia considers India a worthy candidate to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Russia considers India a worthy candidate to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

    "Russia supports further strengthening of India's role in solving global and regional issues. We consider that India, as a great power, conducting balanced and responsible foreign policy, is one of most worthy candidates for permanent membership at the UN Security Council," Putin said after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    On Wednesday, Modi, accompanied by a delegation of Indian businessmen, arrived in Moscow for a two-day visit to hold talks with Putin on a range of bilateral issues, including transport, trade, energy, and the economy. On Thursday, Russia and India have signed a package of agreements in different spheres.

    Currently, India is a temporary member at the UN Security Council. New Delhi has repeatedly appealed for permanent membership.


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