As Russia and India prepare to mark the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic ties next week, Moscow has said its relations with New Delhi were never clouded by any serious differences and have become an unparallel phenomenon in modern world politics.
“It is not quite typical fact for the international practice that our relations with India were never marred by any serious differences, even more by any contradiction,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an article in influential daily Kommersant.
“On the contrary, they (relations) were always distinct by the understanding of the community of the two nations and their people, coincidence of long-term national interests, identical stand on the key international problems,” he said.
Lavrov, however, did not mention the cryogenic spat between the two countries when Moscow under the US pressure backtracked on transfer of technology agreement in 1993 for the booster stage of Sire’s Geo-stationary space launch vehicles.
The Russian Foreign Minister in his article published ahead of the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries mentioned various stages in the development of bilateral ties including friendly assistance to India in building first post-independence industrial giants like Bhilai steel plant.