We are not Jealous of Indo-US Ties: Russia

Happenings

Addressing a press conference ahead of the Russian leader's visit, H.E. Kadakin said: "We have big plans on nuclear energy cooperation. Trial run for unit 2 of Kudankulam nuclear power should start in March, and efforts are on to resolve the technical glitches. Russia had agreed to help India build 14-16 nuclear units. Now it seems that the demand of India is much bigger and this may rise to 20-24 units."

During President Vladimir Putin’s visit for annual Summit talks on December 10, both India and Russia are likely to come out with a roadmap for cooperation in the energy sector.

Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin said that both the countries are likely to start negotiations for setting up of unit five and six at the Kudankulam nuclear power complex soon, and may sign a technical pact for unit 3 and 4 during Putin’s visit.

Addressing a press conference ahead of the Russian leader’s visit, H.E. Kadakin said: “We have big plans on nuclear energy cooperation. Trial run for unit 2 of Kudankulam nuclear power should start in March, and efforts are on to resolve the technical glitches. Russia had agreed to help India build 14-16 nuclear units. Now it seems that the demand of India is much bigger and this may rise to 20-24 units.”

While maintaining that the time-tested and mature relationship with India remains the topmost priority for Russia, the ambassador didn’t mince words and issued a stern warning to the Western powers: “The Summit is taking place against the background of a burdened international milieu, when we face increasing pressure of the US and their allies, trying to force our country to succumb its state sovereignty and act against our own national interests. This will never happen, and these daydreaming minions should better get rid of illusions that Russia would ever act under anybody’s diktat or pressure. Who are they to dictate to us?”

On India’s ties with the US and invitation to President Barack Obama to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade, the envoy remarked: “India is a superpower in the making and it was free to make its friends. We do not feel jealous. Though of course, I would say India is a very rich fiancée and those bridegrooms loitering around and roaming around India, it’s good. It is good to have many grooms for a beautiful fiancée. But no one should deceive you by promising a marriage and then fail you.”

H.E. Kadakin was candid on Russia’s growing closeness with Pakistan: “The agreement with Pakistan did not envisage arms transfers to Islamabad in the immediate future.” Dubbing India as his country’s ‘closest friend and strategic partner’, he said Moscow’s growing relationship with Islamabad will not be at New Delhi’s expense.

The Russian ambassador had words of praise for the BJP-led NDA government. “The new government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken active steps to impart a new dimension to India’s external political and economic course ‘Look East’ by turning it into ‘Act East’ programme,” he said.

The envoy stressed that Putin’s visit will recharge the strategic partnership between India and Russia, and will explore ways to further jointly solve international problems in accordance with their national aspirations.

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