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A special function was organised at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Trivandrum to mark the 71st Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between Russia and India. The highlight of the function was a seminar, which was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Mr. A. Sampath (Anirudhan Sampath), Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha).

In his inaugural address, Mr Sampath said that the relationship between the two great countries, India and Russia, was a role model for the rest of the world and it would remain stable and unchanged because the very foundation for this is nothing but people-to-people diplomacy.

Mr. Sampath continued: “The Soviet Union was one of the nations which had recognised the Independent India as sovereign state. That is the reason why its diplomatic mission was opened weeks before India officially proclaimed Independent. But the friendly relations between our two nations began centuries back. It started with visit of Afanasi Nikitin, a 15th century Russian merchant. The visit of Prince Saltykov and his book on India provided insight to Russians about India’s culture and traditions. Russia under the Tsarist regime opened its Consulate in Mumbai in the beginning of the last century. Above all, Russia always stood by India when ever help of true friend was in need”.

Mr. Jacob George, noted senior Journalist, delivered the key-note address. In his address, Mr. Jacob George stressed that no countries in the world could trust each other like India and Russia. He noted: “The treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation signed in 1971, New Delhi Declaration and the declaration of Strategic Partnership were important milestones in the history of our relations. Russia helped India not only in developing its industrial potential but many other fields, too”.

Mr Ratheesh C. Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director, Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Trivandrum, presided over the function.

A photo exbibition was organised as part of the celebration.

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