A round table dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration on Strategic Partnership between Russia and India was held in Trivandrum. The event was organized by the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo in India and the RCSC in Trivandrum.
In accordance with the regulations set by the Government of Kerala, aimed at combating the COVID-19 coronavirus, the roundtable was held with a limited number of people. Anyone could join the event online through ZOOM platform.
Prominent Indian public and political figures, leaders and activists of partner NGOs, friendship societies and youth organizations, experts in the field of political science, international relations and history, teachers and students of Indian universities, as well as journalists gathered to celebrate the anniversary of this significant date in the history of Russian-Indian relations.
The roundtable participants were shown a video message from H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India Mr Nikolai Kudashev, in which he congratulated the audience on the 20th anniversary of the formation of the strategic partnership between Russia and India, as well as the 10th anniversary of these relations gaining a special and privileged status. “Our partnership is not only the partnership of the past 20 years, not only the partnership of today, but I am sure that this partnership also belongs to the future”, - he stressed.
“Russian-Indian relations are based on a solid foundation of Soviet-Indian historical ties. It was the Soviet Union that in many ways helped India to become a strong independent power, and we must remember this. After the collapse of the USSR, the intensity of cooperation and contacts between Russia and India has noticeably decreased, and it was the Declaration of Strategic Partnership that was able to give the necessary impulse to return Russian-Indian relations to a level worthy of our common historical past” , - said Major Dalbir Singh, Co-Chairman International Organization “Assembly of Peoples of Eurasia”.
In his speech, Mr Gopalan Nair Shankar, social activist and Chairman of the Habitat Technology Group noted that Russia and India are linked by long-term and exceptionally friendly relations based on the common political interests of the two countries, as well as the affinity of the two peoples. "The Declaration on Strategic Partnership, signed in 2000 by Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Russian President Vladimir Putin, became an important historical milestone in Russian-Indian relations and made a significant contribution to creating a solid foundation for their further development", - said Mr G. Shankar.
“Russia is one of India's main partners in the defence industry. Joint research, development and production of military equipment have replaced the conventional military trade. In the framework of the special and privileged strategic partnership, the two countries also successfully cooperate in the fields of nuclear energy, space exploration, science and technology, and cultural exchange. The pillars of our relationship, I believe, are mutual trust and public diplomacy”, - noted Dr. Dimpi Divakaran, Director of the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Kerala.
Mr Anton Chernov, Consul, Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai, Mr Valentin Volkov, Executive Committee member of the Russian-Indian Friendship Association and Mr Sudeer Paal Sabharwal, senior vice-president, Indo-Russian Friendship Association also spoke on the occasion.