India-Russia emphasize military, technical cooperation as 'crucial element' in strategic ties

Moscow, Oct.21 (ANI): India and Russia emphasized that their traditionally close military and technical cooperation was a crucial element of their strategic partnership and reflected the high level of trust between the two states.

In the context of the 13th meeting of the Russian-Indian Inter-Governmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation scheduled in Moscow later this year, the two sides commended regular bilateral contacts and military and technical cooperation, as well as the joint INDRA exercise conducted by the Armies of the two countries in October 2013.

After talks between Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, the two countries emphasized the scope for enhancing service-to-service exchanges, training, cooperation and regular exercises between their armed forces.

India and Russia welcomed the delivery of the Russian-built frigate Trikand to India in 2013, licensed production of Su-30MKI aircraft and T-90S tanks in India, as well as successful completion of the trials of the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya.

Both sides took note of the progress made in the field of joint design, development and production of high-technology military equipment and implementation of projects such as the construction of the fifth-generation fighter aircraft, multi-role transport aircraft and BrahMos supersonic missile, and agreed to enhance cooperation in the fields of rocket, missile and naval technologies and weapon systems.

India and Russia also re-affirmed their desire to build a more stable, secure and fair system of international relations based on equal partnerships between states, the rule of international law and respect for the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.

They agreed to continue interaction with a view to strengthening the central role of the UN in maintaining international peace and security and ensuring steady social and economic development.

Both sides welcomed the scope of their cooperation within the UN and agreed to further coordinate approaches on a broad range of international and regional issues.

They reaffirmed the need for UN Security Council reform in order to make it more representative and effective in dealing with emerging challenges.

They agreed that any expansion of the Security Council should reflect contemporary realities. In this regard, the Russian Federation reiterated its strong support to India for a permanent seat in a reformed UN Security Council.

Expressing concern over the situation in Syria, the two countries said that the crisis in Syria should not be resolved by force, and could be settled only through political means.

Both countries expressed support for the early convening of an 'International Conference on Syria' (Geneva-II), to take forward the Geneva-I Communique adopted in June 2012, which will bring all parties to the conflict to the negotiating table.

The Indian side commended Russia's role in working towards a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict. The Russian side stated that it would welcome India's participation in Geneva- II.

Russia and India support the process of placing Syria's chemical weapons under international control and their destruction in accordance with the decision of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) of 27 September and the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention; the UN Security Council Resolution of 2118 is pertinent in this regard.

While having talks about stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan, the two sides approved the efforts made by Afghanistan to begin an Afghan-led dialogue on reconciliation with the armed opposition forces, provided that these groups respect the principles adopted by the international community to recognise the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, to renounce violence and to sever ties with Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.

Both sides considered it necessary to extend the sanctions regime introduced by the UN Security Council against the Taliban as one of the most important tools for fighting terrorism.

The two countries were pleased to note that there was a growing understanding in the world of the essential role played by the states neighbouring Afghanistan as well as by the countries and organizations in the region.

The sides strongly called for the development and improvement of interaction within the existing frameworks of regional cooperation, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and dialogue within RIC and the Istanbul Process.

Both India and Russia recognized terrorism as the major threat to Afghanistan's security and stability that jeopardizes peace in the region and in the whole world.

Therefore they stressed the regional aspects of terrorism and extremism, emphasizing the necessity of joint and coordinated efforts and cooperation between the states of the region, especially taking into account the expected draw down of international forces in 2014,in order to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including elimination of terrorist safe havens and cutting off financial support to terrorism.

The two sides expressed concern about the scale of illicit drug production in Afghanistan and underlined that revenue from drug trafficking were one of the main sources of financing terrorist organizations.

The sides agreed to continue taking effective measures to combat illicit drug trafficking of Afghan origin and to focus on permanent and active support for the Paris Pact initiative. (ANI)

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