Conference on Indo-Russian Relations in New Delhi
Prominent Indian politicians, scholars, cultural figures, diplomats, political scientists, economists and the representatives of Russian organizations shared their views on the current state and prospects of Indo-Russian relations. Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, Director of the SPMRF Mr Anirban Ganguly, Former Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mr Asoke Mukerji, Director of the NMML Mr Shakti Sinha, Vice-President of the RIAC, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr Gleb Ivashentsov and Chargé d'affaires a.i. of Russia in India Mr Anatoly Kargapolov took part in the solemn inauguration ceremony.
The conference consisted of six sessions, during which the experts presented their reports on relevant topics of Indo-Russian cooperation, including the interaction between Moscow and New Delhi in the spheres of politics, economics, energy, education, science and culture. The sessions on the construction of Great Eurasia, the development of common scientific research, as well as the expansion of people-to-people contacts attracted particular interest.
Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Mr Dharmendra Pradhan emphasized: “Russia is one of the largest producers of oil and natural gas in the world and it can become an important source to fulfill India's requirements. Russian supplies will help us in meeting the objectives of price stability and energy security”.
Vice-President of the RIAC, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr Gleb Ivashentsov highlighted: “The unique nature of the bilateral interaction reveals itself in such key spheres as military and technical cooperation, common space exploration and energy. At the same time cultural and humanitarian ties play a significant role”.
Chargé d'affaires a.i. of Russia in India Mr Anatoly Kargapolov spoke about the main periods of developing the bilateral cooperation. “The history of our friendly ties without tensions and conflicts confirms the high level of special and privileged strategic partnership and demonstrates the great potential for development”, said the diplomat.
Former Indian Foreign Secretary and ex-Ambassador of India to Russia Mr Kanwal Sibal addressed the guests during the closing session of the conference: “New Delhi and Moscow have very stable friendly relations. Russia never interfered in our neighbourhood to the disadvantage of New Delhi. Our countries share common positions on many key issues of international agenda”.
Former Indian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mr Asoke Mukerji made an appeal to conduct further serious analysis of Indo-Russian relations: “Recently, a superficial approach to international relations based on journalistic clichés has become widespread. This conference has demonstrated the great benefit of profound scientific analysis of the prospects of cooperation between India and Russia”.
Director of the SPMRF Mr Anirban Ganguly highlighted the importance of such events for the development of Indo-Russian relations and expressed hope to continue the expert discussion. Director of the NMML Mr Shakti Sinha gave a high assessment of the informative reports and thanked all the participants of the conference.
The event was covered by the television and large local and Russian news agencies.