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Modi hails ‘privileged relations’ after Putin’s victory

Indian Prime Minister congratulated Russian President after winning fifth term

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was re-elected yesterday and secured a fifth term. Modi hailed the “special and privileged” relationship between the two BRICS countries.

When all the ballots were counted Monday morning, Putin had won 87% of the vote, with an unprecedented turnout of 77%.

“Hearty congratulations to (His Excellency) Mr. Vladimir Putin on his re-election as President of the Russian Federation,” Modi wrote on X on Monday. “We look forward to working together to further strengthen the time-tested special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia in the years to come.”

Moscow and New Delhi developed close relations during the Cold War. This persisted after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, with both sides describing it as a “special and privileged strategic partnership”. Russia supplies more than a third of India’s weapons and a third of its crude oil, as the overall volume of trade between the two countries reaches a “record high”, the Indian affairs minister announced in December foreigners Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

India has refused to impose sanctions on Russia in response to the Ukraine conflict, despite pressure from its Western powers. Senior diplomats in New Delhi vehemently defended the country’s “pragmatic” decision and quoted historical ties as a key reason for maintaining close trade and diplomatic relations with Moscow.

After his election victory, Putin also received congratulatory messages from Chinese President Xi Jinping, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and many other leaders of the post-Soviet republics, the Caribbean and Latin America.

No NATO or EU leader congratulated the Russian president. Writing on Telegram on Sunday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the West’s antagonism toward Russia helped unify the country and helped Putin win a landslide victory.

(RT.com)

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