New Delhi, Dec 6: In his opening remarks at the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit meeting on Monday, Russia President Vladimir Putin described India as a great power, a friendly nation and a time-tested friend.
We perceive India as great power, a friendly nation and a time-tested friend. The relations between our nations are growing and I am looking into the future,” Putin said and echoed common concerns over terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime as he held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Putin also said that last year the trade between India and Russia had decresed by 17 per cent, but in the first nine months of 2021, both countries witnessed an increase in trade by 38 per cent.
Putin also expressed concern over the developments in Afghanistan and said India and Russia will continue to coordinate on major challenges facing the region.