Russia, India Sign Military Cooperation Agreement

Russia and India have signed several agreements for military technical cooperation on Monday, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh announced on Monday.

“Attended the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with Russia in New Delhi. It was a great pleasure to discuss and exchange opinions on certain significant issues of common interest,” Singh said in a tweet.

Singh furthered that he had a “productive, fruitful and substantial bilateral discussions on defense cooperation with the Russian Defense Minister, General Sergey Shoigu” in New Delhi today (Monday).

India values its special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia, Singh added.

Singh furthered that India deeply appreciates Russia’s strong support for India. “We hope that our cooperation will bring peace, prosperity and stability to the entire region. Glad that a number of Agreements/Contracts/Protocols were signed pertaining to small arms and military cooperation,” he added.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense told reporters that the two countries signed an agreement for military technical cooperation for the next decade, through 2030, Russian news agency TASS reported.

The agreement details cooperation between types and branches of troops, as well as issues of supply and development of weapons and military equipment, according to the news agency.

Moreover, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he met with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Monday.

According to TASS, the two foreign ministers discussed strategic stability issues against the background of the dismantling of most arms control treaties.

“There was a discussion of strategic stability and the problems that remain in this field, in particular, in the light of the dismantling of most arms control treaties, except for the New START treaty. We reviewed our strategic dialogue on these issues with the United States,” Singh said.

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