Manmohan, Medvedev discuss Indo-Russia ties, global situation

Manmohan, Medvedev discuss Indo-Russia ties, global situation

Sanya: Meeting for the second time in four months, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday discussed ways to push the unique bilateral strategic partnership that covers a wide range of issues, including defence, space and trade and economy.

The two leaders, who are here for the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) Summit on Thursday, took stock of the bilateral relations as also the global situation having impact on their countries.

“India and Russia have unique strategic partnership which has completed a decade. This is an occasion to celebrate," said Prime Minister Singh in his opening remarks at the meeting.

“We gained in strength, durability and depth (due to the partnership)," he said and thanked Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for extending the cooperation to almost every conceivable area.

“We hope to accomplish more in the next decade," Prime Minister Singh remarked.

He termed President Medvedev’s visit to the New Delhi in December 2010 as a “landmark" and expressed gratitude to Russia for supporting India’s ambitions.