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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 26.02.2015

Mr. Sergey Naryshkin, Chairman, Russian State Duma, called on President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee today (February 26, 2015) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Interacting with Mr. Sergey Naryshkin and his delegation, the President said India-Russia strategic partnership has a long illustrious history. President Putin’s visit to India in December, 2014 was a landmark event. The understandings reached have helped to expand our partnership in a number of new areas. India is fully committed to developing and deepening the strategic partnership with Russia in diverse areas. Over the years, we have steadily developed the special and privileged strategic partnership which reflects the breadth and depth of cooperation between our two countries. We believe that economic dimension of our bilateral relationship has huge untapped potential.

The President said India-Russia Parliamentary exchanges are an important element of bilateral relations. The visit to India of this high level delegation comprising Chairs of different parliamentary committees will provide fresh dynamism and depth to our parliamentary contacts.

Responding to the President, Mr. Sergey Naryshkin, Chairman, Russian State Duma said that the friendship between India and Russia has grown over various decades. He stated that BRICS Summit will take place in Russia in July this year. He also sought India’s participation in the 70th Anniversary celebrations of ‘Victory Day’ in Russia.

This release issued at 1925 hrs.