Russian President Vladimir Putin praised India’s foreign policy and economic development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. On Thursday, Putin spoke with university students in Russia’s Kaliningrad region about ‘Russian Student Day’ and emphasised India’s rapid economic growth under PM Modi.
“India has one of the world’s highest rates of economic development and growth, which can also be attributed to the incumbent Prime Minister’s leadership qualities. “India reached such a pace under his leadership,” Putin stated, according to a translation by Russia Today (RT).
The Russian president stated that India has an independent foreign policy, which is difficult to achieve in today’s world. However, India is realising this under Modi’s leadership.
“In today’s world, it is difficult for India to pursue an independent foreign policy.” However, India, with a population of 1.5 billion, has the right to do this. And under the Prime Minister’s leadership, that right is being fulfilled. This is more than just a statement; it is important for organising joint work because it allows us to forecast our partners’ actions in the medium and long term,” Putin said.
“This is essential in practical work. Can we rely on a country and its leaders to cooperate, or will they make decisions that do not even serve its national interests?” In India, such games do not exist,” he added.
During the discussion, Putin mentioned India’s ‘Make in India’ policy and reaffirmed Russia’s commitment to assisting the country. He highlighted a Russian company’s significant financial investments in India.
“India has made significant progress in development under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. Many people have heard about his ‘Make in India’ campaign, including Russia. And we’re working with our Indian friends to make all of these plans a reality. Russia has made the largest foreign investment in India. Our company, Rosneft, has invested USD 23 billion in the acquisition of an oil refinery, a network of petrol stations, a port, and other assets,” Putin stated.