Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s independent foreign policy in his annual address to the Valdai Discussion Club, a Moscow-based think tank, on Thursday, saying that a lot has been done under his leadership in India and calling him a patriot of the country, according to Reuters translation of the former’s statement, which he said in Russian.
“PM Modi’s leadership has accomplished much. He loves his country and is a patriot. His ‘Make in India’ concept is important both economically and ethically. India’s future belongs to it, and it can be proud of being the world’s largest democracy “According to Reuters translation, the Kremlin stated at the Valdai Discussion Club.
The Russian president praised India’s transformation from a British colony to a modern state, adding that its 1.5 billion people and tangible development results deserve everyone’s respect and admiration.
“India has made tremendous strides in its transition from a British colony to a modern state. Almost 1.5 billion people and tangible development results give everyone reason to respect and admire India “He continued.
He also emphasised India-Russia ties, referring to them as a special relationship.
“It has been supported by a long-standing ally relationship. We’ve never had any difficult issues and have always supported one another, and the same is true right now. I’m sure it will happen in the future “according to Reuters’ translation of Putin’s statement.
Putin also stated that Prime Minister Modi has asked him to increase the supply of fertilisers, which is critical for Indian agriculture.
“We increased the volume by 7.6 times. Agriculture trade has nearly doubled “According to Reuters, he went on to say.
Putin’s speech to the Kremlin-affiliated institute comes as Moscow continues to escalate the war in Ukraine, more than eight months after the Russian invasion began on February 24.
Meanwhile, in his high-profile address, he slammed the West for playing “dirty games” for global dominance and stated that he is convinced that “new centres of power will emerge in the multipolar world and the West will have to start talking as equals about our common future.”