India-Russia Joint Statement


After PM Narendra Modi Meets President Vladimir Putin


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Posted by Surabhi Pandey, NDTV, India, 15 October 2016


Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Russian President
Vladimir Putin ahead of the eighth BRICS Summit in Goa.


Following is the full text of the joint statement:   



India-Russia Joint Statement during the Visit of President of the Russia to
India: Partnership for Global Peace and Stability


October 15, 2016


President of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Vladimir V. Putin and Prime
Minister of the Republic of India, H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi met today in Goa,
during an official visit of the Russian President to India for the 17th
India-Russia Annual Summit. The Leaders reviewed the Special and Privileged
Strategic Partnership between India and Russia that is rooted in
longstanding mutual trust, characterized by unmatched reciprocal support to
each other's core interests and unique people-to-people affinities. They
pledged to pursue new opportunities to take the economic ties to
unprecedented heights, achieve sustainable development, promote peace and
security at home and around the world, strengthen inclusive and transparent
global governance, and provide global leadership on issues of shared


Acknowledging Russia's crucial contributions to India's industrial
development and technological advancement and defence needs since the second
half of the last century, Prime Minister Modi reiterated that Russia will
remain India's major defence and strategic partner, and the enduring
partnership between them is an anchor of peace and stability in a changing
world order. President Putin reaffirmed Russia's continued commitment to the
Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership with India and noted the
commonality of positions of both the countries on such issues as war on
terrorism. Indian Side expressed its appreciation for Russia's unequivocal
condemnation of the terrorist attack on army base in Uri.


Follow-Up on the previous Summits


The Leaders welcomed the significant progress made in bilateral relations
since 2014, pursuant to the roadmaps set out in the Joint Statements issued
during President Putin's visit to India in December 2014 and Prime Minister
Modi's visit to Russia in December 2015. They expressed satisfaction at
continued bilateral exchanges including high-level visits, institutional
exchanges and other contacts over the past year that had further
strengthened the India-Russia strategic partnership.


Economic Cooperation


The Leaders recognized the need to constantly reinvent methodologies to
realize the target set at the Annual Summit in December 2014, to increase
annual bilateral trade and investment and committed to working towards the
objective. They re-emphasized the need for continued facilitation by both
governments based on regular consultations within the framework of
institutional mechanisms as well as speedy implementation of decisions.
Acknowledging that liberalization of the travel regime for the businessmen
of both States, strengthening of new Transport Corridors, etc. are important
steps in this direction, the Sides called for their timely and effective


The Sides welcomed the outcomes of the 22nd meeting of the Indian-Russian
Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) on Trade, Economic, Scientific,
Technological and Cultural Cooperation held in New Delhi on 13 September
2016 and called for early finalization of new proposals identified during
the IGC. Both Sides reiterated their commitment to further easing of
business. They further noted the creation of bilateral investment fund by
National Infrastructure Investment Fund (NIIF) of India with Russian Direct
Investment Fund (RDIF) to facilitate high-technology investments in Russia
and India. The Sides particularly welcomed the recent investment by India in
the Russian oil sector and called on companies in both countries to finalize
new and ambitious investment proposals in similar promising sectors such as
pharmaceuticals, chemical industry, mining, machine building, implementation
of infrastructure projects, cooperation in railway sector, fertilizer
production, automobiles and aircraft construction as well as collaborative
ventures in modernizing each other's industrial facilities. The Sides
favourably assessed the ongoing cooperation between the railway
organizations of the two countries and urged them to intensify it further.


They welcomed enhanced interactions between representatives of the business
community of India and Russia including the CEOs level interaction
particularly during large trade and business events in 2016 such as the
Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (June 16-18), attended by Mr.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, International
Industrial Exhibition INNOPROM (July 11-14), attended by Mrs. Nirmala
Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce and
Industry, as well as Chief Ministers of the Indian states of Rajasthan,
Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh and the Eastern Economic Forum (September
2-3). They called for continuation of such interactions and noted that
India's participation as a partner country in INNOPROM-2016 highlighted the
INNOPROM as one of the most representative among international events in the
field of industry, scientific and technological innovations. Both Sides
noted with satisfaction successful visit of the Minister of Industry and
Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov leading a business delegation
to the states of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and New Delhi from
October 11-14, 2016 and noted huge potential for intensification of the
Indian-Russian industrial collaboration. The Indian Side welcomed Russia's
scheduled participation as partner country in International Engineering
Sourcing Show 2017 in India underlining it would impart added momentum to
bilateral economic links. Russia welcomed intentions of the Government of
India to focus on the opportunities in the Far East of the Russian
Federation, participate enthusiastically in the Eastern Economic Forum in
2017, organize a roundtable between the Governors of the Far East Regions of
the Russian Federation and the Chief Ministers of different States of India,
explore trade and investment opportunities in the agriculture, mining,
shipping etc.


Both Sides welcomed initiatives to promote direct trade in diamonds between
India and Russia and gave positive evaluation of the work of the Special
Notified Zone (SNZ) at the Bharat Diamond Bourse, noting active support of
this project from PJSC ALROSA, i.e. through holding regular rough diamond
viewing. The Sides noted the latest increase in the number of Indian
resident companies signing long-term rough diamonds supply contracts with
PJSC ALROSA, and emphasized the importance of further development of
mechanisms and terms of work in the SNZ with the aim of strengthening
bilateral diamond trade.


Positively evaluating the initiatives like agreement of phytosanitary and
veterinary authorities of both countries on mutual market access for
agricultural and processed food products, including dairy products and
bovine meat, the Sides agreed to continue ongoing consultations between
their regulatory authorities and introduce measures to widen the range of
such products for bilateral trade.


Both Sides welcomed progress in the implementation of Green Corridor project
in accordance with the Protocol between the Central Board of Excise &
Customs of India and the Federal Customs Service of Russia on Cooperation in
Exchange of Pre-arrival information for Facilitation of Trade and Customs
Control on Goods and Vehicles moved between the two countries. Since the
signing of the Protocol on 6th April, 2015, the Customs administrations on
both sides have resolved complex technical issues and have successfully
given effect to a real-time pre-arrival exchange of information based on
customs export declarations, paving the way to boost bilateral trade.


The Sides noted the progress in the work of the Joint Study Group to
consider the feasibility of a free trade agreement between the Republic of
India and the Eurasian Economic Union.


Taking into account the important role of banks in settlement of trade, the
Sides expressed hope for the enhancement by commercial banks of the two
countries of their partnership, including through the development of
correspondent relations and increase in lending limits. The Sides welcomed
the elevation of the Sub-Group on Banking and Financial Matters into the
Working Group on Banking and Financial Matters and its broadened scope
including additional issues of Indian-Russian cooperation in the insurance


Recognizing the vital role played by connectivity in increasing trade
between the two countries, the Leaders welcomed the increased emphasis on
implementation of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC),
which can play a key role in promoting economic integration in the region
through reduction of time taken for the transit of goods. They also welcomed
increased interaction between Indian and Russian customs authorities under
the framework of INSTC.


India-Russia "Energy Bridge"


Both Sides noted with satisfaction that robust civil nuclear cooperation,
collaboration in hydrocarbon sphere, long term LNG sourcing interest, work
on the hydrocarbon energy pipeline and cooperation in renewable energy
sector constitute a promising "Energy Bridge" between the two countries.


The Sides affirmed that their successful nuclear energy cooperation, which
has already started generating electricity at the Kudankulam nuclear power
plant, is one of the most tangible and substantive aspects of their
strategic partnership. The Sides reaffirm their intention to further expand
cooperation under the "Strategic Vision to Strengthen Cooperation in the
Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy between the Russian Federation and the
Republic of India" signed on December 11, 2014. In this context they noted
with satisfaction a series of positive developments marked in their civil
nuclear cooperation this year, including attainment of full power capacity
of Kudankulam Unit 1, integration with electricity grid of Kudankulam Unit
2, commencement of the site work for Kudankulam Units 3 and 4, and the
progress in discussions on the General Framework Agreement and the Credit
Protocol for Kudankulam Units 5 and 6 with a view to conclude these
documents before the end of 2016. Following the dedication of Kudankulam
Unit-1 by Prime Minister Modi and President Putin on August 10, 2016, both
leaders jointly dedicated Unit 2 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant to
"India-Russia Friendship and Cooperation" and witnessed the laying of
foundation concrete for Kudankulam Units 3 and 4 through video-links at a
ceremony in Goa.


The Indian Side stated it is working towards early allocation of the second
site for the construction of the Russian-designed NPP. Both Sides
appreciated the progress being made in the implementation of the Programme
of Action for Localization between Russia's Rosatom and India's Department
of Atomic Energy with active engagement of Indian nuclear manufacturing
industry for local manufacturing in India of equipment and components for
upcoming and future Russian-designed nuclear power projects in the context
of the serial construction in India of Russian-designed Units. They noted
with satisfaction continued senior official level interactions between their
atomic energy establishments, including under the framework of the three
Joint Working Groups on Nuclear Fuel, Science and Technology and Nuclear
Power, and the Central Working Group on Localization set up during the last
two Summits. The Indian Side also congratulated the Russian Side for
successfully hosting the ATOMEXPO in May 2016, which was attended by senior
Indian officials and nuclear industry representatives from both public and
private sectors of India.


The Leaders of both countries highly appreciated the progress made by Indian
and Russian oil companies since the last Summit with the Indian companies
acquiring equity in "Tass-Yuryakh Neftegazodobycha" and "Vankorneft" making
it the largest equity oil acquisition hitherto by India. With the aim of
further strengthening oil and gas cooperation the Russian Side expressed its
interest in attracting Indian oil companies to participate in joint projects
in the offshore-Arctic fields of the Russian Federation. The two Sides
supported a wider use of natural gas as an economically efficient and
ecologically clean fuel to promote sustainable development as well as to
reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement
on climate change.


Both Sides reaffirmed their continued commitment to work together towards
development of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. In this
context, they expressed readiness to strengthen and expand bilateral
cooperation in the field of solar energy under the MoU signed on 24
December, 2015 between the Russian Energy Agency of the Ministry of Energy
of the Russian Federation and the Solar Energy Corporation of the Republic
of India on building solar power-stations in India.


The Sides emphasized the need to provide assistance to the power sector
companies of both countries in the development of cooperation in the sphere
of modernization of existing power plants and construction of new power
plants in India.


Cooperation among States of India and Regions of Russia


Given the immense potential for inter-regional cooperation which will
bolster bilateral relationship, the Sides agreed to promote further
strengthening and increasing the effectiveness of our bilateral
inter-regional cooperation. Recalling the Joint Statement of December 11,
2014, the Sides welcomed the signing of the MoI between Maharashtra and
Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug - Ugra and between Maharashtra and
Sverdlovsk Region. They also encouraged their other regions and states to
similarly enter into cooperative arrangements to mutual benefit. The Sides
further committed themselves to mark the 50th anniversary of establishment
of Sister-City relationship between Mumbai and Saint Petersburg, through
yearlong celebrations in 2017.


Enhancing Science, Health, Technology and Education Links


The Leaders noted with satisfaction strengthening of bilateral scientific
cooperation programme, in both basic and applied sciences, in such fields as
Material Science, Information & Communication Technologies, Biotechnologies,
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, etc. The Sides observed the positive
dynamics in the development of scientific and technical ties between the
states and regions of India and Russia. The Sides welcomed Memorandum of
Understanding between the Department of Science and Technology of the
Government of India and the FASО of Russia on further development of
bilateral interaction in scientific and technical sphere and in the field of


The Sides noted the expansion of cooperation in the field of education. The
Russian Academia has been getting more and more actively involved in the
programme of academic mobility launched by the Government of India and
called the Global Initiative for Academics Network, the large number of
applications from Russian professors being its proof. The Sides agreed to
carry forward cooperation under this initiative. Educational cooperation
between India and Russia received institutional support with the creation of
the Network of Russian and Indian Universities (RIN) established under the
Declaration signed in Moscow on May 8, 2015 by representatives of 9 Indian
and 21 Russian institutions of higher education in the presence of the
President of the Republic of India H.E. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee and Minister of
Science and Technology of the Russian Federation Mr. Dmitry V.Livanov. The
Sides noted the RIN's intensive activity in promoting exchanges of students
and faculty, development of curriculum, creation of joint laboratories,
organization of scientific conferences and seminars as well as conducting
joint scientific research and collaboration in commercialization of
technologies developed in research institutions. The Sides called for
sustained efforts for the expansion of the list of universities
participating from both countries in the RIN.


The Sides expressed satisfaction with the progress achieved in the MoU
signed in December 2015 between Centre for Development of Advance Computing
(CDAC), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Lomonosov Moscow State
University (MSU) for cooperation in high performance computing (HPC). The
Indian Side conveyed its interest in expanding this cooperation with the
Russian Side in a number of activities in supercomputing beyond envisaged in
the MoU.


The Sides took note of the interaction in the field of mathematics and
successful hosting of the 2nd Indian-Russian Joint Conference in Statistics
and Probability in Saint Petersburg in May-June 2016, and pointed out the
necessity to further enhance cooperation in this area.


Recognizing the importance of the Arctic and given that Russia is a member
of the Arctic Council and India is an observer since May 2013, the Sides
agreed to facilitate scientific cooperation to study the challenges (like
melting ice, climate change, marine life and biodiversity), facing the
rapidly changing Arctic region.


The Sides welcomed interaction between India and Russia in the field of
modern phytogenetics, which serves as the most important source of knowledge
and constructive solutions for the provision of food security, and success
of the First International Scientific Symposium "Genetics and genomics of
plants for food security" in Novosibirsk in August 2016, as well as
underlined the necessity of further enhancement of cooperation in this


Welcoming the declaration of June 21 as International Day of Yoga and noting
successful organization of Yoga events in the year 2016, the Sides agreed to
cooperate for promoting health and fitness through traditional Indian forms
of Yoga and Ayurveda. The Sides will explore possibility of mutual
cooperation in formulation of curriculum for Ayurvedic studies and
development of regulations for quality control of Ayurvedic practices and
medicines in Russia.




Space Cooperation


The Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to pursue the immense potential to
cooperate in outer space with a view to advance socially useful applications
and scientific knowledge. They welcomed signing of a MoU for setting up and
utilizing ground stations in each other's territories to enhance the
usefulness of their respective navigation satellite constellations of
GLONASS and NavIC. The Sides emphasized that the space agencies of India and
Russia will engage more actively on space technology applications, launch
vehicle, satellite navigation, space science and planetary exploration. The
Sides also confirmed their commitment to elaborate within the Scientific and
Technical Subcommittee of the UN Committee on Space a consolidated approach
to the preparation of the set of guidelines for the long-term sustainability
of outer space activities and regulatory provisions on safety of space
operations, as the most important component of the said document.


Defence Cooperation


Recognizing the contribution of military-technical cooperation in the
Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries, the
Leaders reaffirmed their strong commitment to continue their cooperation in
this field. In this context, they commended the activities of the
Indian-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission on Military-Technical


The Sides expressed satisfaction at joint Indian-Russian exercises INDRA
involving ground forces in Russia's Far East in 2016. They welcomed the
visit of the Indian Minister of State for Defence in April 2016 and
delegation of the National Defence College in May-June 2016 to Moscow. They
underlined the need to expand training, joint exercises and
institutionalized interactions between the Armed Forces of both countries.


The Sides noted with satisfaction achievements in the field of joint design,
development and production of high-technology military equipment and in this
context, positively evaluated the establishment of the Joint Venture for
production of Ka-226T helicopters in India.


Both Sides welcomed plans to hold Indo-Russian military industrial
conference later in 2016 and create bilateral Science & Technology
Committee. The Indo-Russian Military industrial Conference will address
military equipment related issues including spares, repair and maintenance
of Russian supplied equipment and co-production. Private players too would
be invited to participate under Make in India initiative. The Bilateral
Science & Technology Committee would focus on matters relating to R&D
collaboration in such high-tech areas as IT, communication, cyber security,
medical engineering, outer space cooperation, remote sensing, etc.


Security and Disaster Management


Recognizing the need for sustained and institutionalized interactions to
foster greater security-related and disaster management cooperation, the
Sides noted the successful visit of Russian Minister for Civil Defence,
Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters Vladimir
Puchkov to India in March 2016, during which they held the first meeting of
the Joint Commission on cooperation in the field of prevention and
elimination of emergencies and signing of the Joint Implementation Plan for
the years 2016-2017.


Recalling the visit of Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev to
India in September 2015, the Sides reaffirmed their intention to finalize an
Agreement on Cooperation between the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of
India and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation and a
Joint Action Plan between the Narcotics Control Bureau of the Republic of
India and the Ministry of the Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation,
which would provide an enabling framework to further develop ongoing
inter-ministerial interactions for exchange of best practices and expertise,
conducting training courses in countering extremism and drug-trafficking.


Culture, Tourism and People-to-People Ties


The Sides reaffirmed their interest in the early signing of a Cultural
Exchange Programme for the years 2016-2018 between the Ministry of Culture
of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian
Federation and confirmed their interest in intensifying cultural
cooperation, including between academic and research organizations of the
two countries acting in the field of culture and arts. Noting the success of
the Festival of Russian Culture in 2016, it was decided to have the Festival
of Indian Culture in Russia in 2017.


The Sides appreciated the agreement reached by the Joint Working Group on
culture and tourism in New Delhi in September 2016 on developing direct
contacts between state institutions of the two countries in the field of
culture and tourism.


The Sides welcomed steps aimed at concluding the Agreement to implement the
decision to facilitate visa free entry, stay and exit of crew of aircraft of
the designated aircraft companies as well as other aircraft companies
performing charter and special flights in the respective territories of
their countries on reciprocal basis.


The Sides agreed to work towards further simplification and liberalization
of visa arrangements, and promote group tourist travel to enhance
people-to-people contacts.


The Sides noted the importance of interaction on issues related to migration
and agreed to work towards improving the legal framework of cooperation in
that sphere, in particular on the issuance of work permits and temporary
residency permits for Indian nationals working in Russia through continued
dialogue on these issues.


The two Sides expressed satisfaction with the pace of the implementation of
the Treaty on Transfer of Sentenced Persons between the Republic of India
and the Russian Federation which came into force in March 2015 and expressed
hope that further results would be achieved in the coming times with the
implementation of the bilateral Treaty on Transfer of Sentenced Persons.


The Sides expressed intention to exert efforts in order to strengthen
cooperation in the consular sphere, including an exchange of experience in
defending its citizens' and juridical entities' rights and interests in the
territory of the state of residence, and to provide possible assistance to
the consular missions of the state represented.


Recognizing the role of cinema in promoting understanding and good will at
people-to-people level, the two Sides expressed satisfaction on organization
of Indian Film Festival in Moscow and Russian Film Festival in Mumbai in
2016. They agreed to deepen and expand the scope of India-Russia cooperation
in the field of cinema by supporting interaction between film organizations
and exploring possibilities of concluding audio-video coproduction agreement
between the two countries.


Realizing the immense potential for collaboration in tourism sector and with
an aim to encourage closer cooperation between tourism agencies of the two
countries, the Sides agreed to celebrate 2018 as 'Year of Tourism between
India and Russia'. They encouraged further collaboration between Ministry of
Tourism of the Republic of India and Federal Agency for Tourism of the
Russian Federation in enhancing bilateral cooperation, including
establishment of direct links and contacts between Indian and Russian
tourist associations, organizations, enterprises and companies.


70th Anniversary Celebrations of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations


The leaders called for grand celebrations in 2017 to mark the 70th
anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and
Russia. They asked the concerned ministries and agencies to organize
celebrations depicting width and depth of multi-faceted relations that the
countries have spanning diverse fields including political, defence, energy,
trade, economy, finance, investment, culture, education, think-tanks,
science and technology, sports, youth, tourism, people-to-people etc. They
welcomed elaboration of an Action plan towards this goal.


Global Order and World Peace


Recognizing the importance of cooperation between India and Russia for
global peace and stability, both Sides reaffirmed their desire to work
together to promote a multi-polar international system based on the central
role of the United Nations and international law, common interests,
equality, mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of


India and Russia called for comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council
to make it more effective and representative of the contemporary
geo-political realities. Russia reaffirmed its support for India's
candidature for a permanent membership of a reformed and expanded UN
Security Council.


The Indian Side highly appreciated the role played by Russia in India's
accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The Leaders
welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Obligations at the SCO Summit in
Tashkent on 24 June 2016 and reaffirmed the intention of both countries to
work together closely in order to enhance the SCO's efficiency and
performance in various spheres.


The Leaders expressed satisfaction over the development of cooperation in
the BRICS grouping and underlined the importance of further strengthening
BRICS strategic partnership guided by principles of openness, solidarity,
equality, mutual understanding, inclusiveness and mutually beneficial
cooperation. They appreciated India's BRICS Chairmanship and good pace of
implementation and expansion of BRICS cooperation agenda. They noted the
intensification and diversification of cooperation between BRICS countries
and lauded the outcomes of the meetings of BRICS NSAs, Ministers of
Agriculture; Disaster Management; Education; Finance; Labour & Employment;
Science, Technology and Innovation; and Trade in 2016 and looked forward to
positive outcomes of meetings of Ministers of Health and Telecommunications.
The Leaders expressed satisfaction at the momentum generated by the BRICS
Business Council Meetings in 2016. They welcomed the progress in the
functioning of the New Development Bank and its decision to disburse the
first set of loans for projects in the area of green and renewable energy.
Russia applauded the focus on enhancing people-to-people contacts during
India's BRICS Chairmanship and organisation of events like BRICS Film
Festival, BRICS Under-17 Football Tournament, BRICS Convention on Tourism,
etc. and promised full support to India's efforts in ensuring the continuity
and further development of BRICS activities during its Chairmanship in 2016.
The Sides also highly praised customs cooperation within BRICS, including
efforts to establish its Customs Cooperation Committee and to create a legal
basis for interaction and mutual assistance on customs matters.


The Leaders expressed satisfaction over the development of BRICS economic
cooperation. They appreciated the progress in the implementation of the
Strategy for BRICS Economic Partnership adopted at the Ufa Summit in July
2015. The Russian Side commended the Indian Side for continuity in the
realization of the main initiatives launched under Russian Presidency in
BRICS such as e-commerce, "single window", intellectual property rights
cooperation, trade promotion and micro-small and medium-sized enterprises
(MSMEs) cooperation. The Sides also agreed to broaden cooperation through
joint promotion of the Indian initiatives on eliminating non-tariff barriers
in trade, increasing trade in services and structuring support and
development of MSMEs in the BRICS format. The Russian side also appreciated
the organisation of the 1st BRICS Trade Fair in New Delhi to further
consolidate trade ties among BRICS countries. They also underlined the
importance of the implementation of the BRICS Roadmap for Trade, Economic
and Investment Cooperation until 2020 submitted by the Russian Side in 2015.
It was agreed that close cooperation among the BRICS Contact Group on
Economic and Trade Issues, the BRICS Business Council and the New
Development Bank is crucial to enhance the BRICS economic partnership.


Having stressed the importance of cooperation between Russia, India and
China (RIC) the Leaders welcomed the outcomes of the RIC Ministerial Meeting
in Moscow on 18 April, 2016 as a tangible contribution to deepening mutual
trust and coordination on international and regional issues. Both Sides
reaffirmed their desire to further strengthen interaction in the trilateral
format in order to jointly counter new challenges and threats.


The Leaders expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in
Afghanistan and recognized the need for resolute action against the menace
of terrorism and threats of illicit drug-production and drug-trafficking,
including the elimination of terror sanctuaries, safe havens, and other
forms of support to terrorists. Both Sides called for constructive
international, regional and bilateral cooperation in order to help
Afghanistan in addressing the domestic security situation, improving the
capabilities of Afghan National Security Forces, strengthening
counter-narcotics capabilities, ensuring socio-economic development, and
enhancing connectivity. India and Russia reiterated their support for Afghan
government's efforts towards the realization of an Afghan-led and
Afghan-owned national reconciliation process based upon the principles of
international law.


The Leaders strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and
manifestations, and emphasized the necessity of comprehensive international
collaboration in order to ensure its eradication. India and Russia recognize
the threat posed by terrorism, and believe that the full implementation of
the relevant UNSC resolutions, the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy
without application of any double standards or selectivity will be
instrumental in countering this challenge. They stressed the need to deny
safe havens to terrorists and the importance of countering the spread of
terrorist ideology as well as radicalization leading to terrorism, stopping
recruitment, preventing travel of terrorists and foreign terrorist fighters,
strengthening border management and having effective legal assistance and
extradition arrangements. Furthermore, stressing the need to have a strong
international legal regime built on the principle of 'zero tolerance for
direct or indirect support of terrorism', both Sides called upon the
international community to make sincere efforts towards the earliest
conclusion of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism


Both Sides recognized that the rapidly expanding role of Information and
Communication Technologies (ICTs) has led to the development of certain
security vulnerabilities which need to be addressed through the development
of universally applicable rules for responsible behaviour of states which
should ensure the safe and sustainable use of ICTs. The Leaders reaffirmed
the need to deepen bilateral cooperation in this field and welcomed the
conclusion of the Indian-Russian Inter-Governmental Agreement for
Cooperation in this regard.


Both Sides expressed concern over the continuing instability in
South-Eastern Ukraine and supported a political and negotiated settlement of
the issue through the complete implementation of the Package of Measures for
the Implementation of Minsk Agreements of February 12, 2015.


The two Sides are convinced that the conflict in Syria should be peacefully
resolved through comprehensive and inclusive intra-Syrian dialogue based on
the Geneva Communiqué of June 30, 2012, and relevant UN Security Council
resolutions. Both Sides underlined the necessity of strengthening the
cessation of hostilities, delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged areas,
and the continuation of intra-Syrian dialogue under UN supervision. India
recognized Russian Side's effort towards achieving a political and
negotiated settlement of the situation in Syria.


The Sides reaffirmed that they have a common interest in preventing the
proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and in strengthening the
multilateral export control regimes. A responsible approach to disarmament
and non-proliferation is demonstrated by India and Russia's constructive
participation in relevant international fora such as the Conference on
Disarmament, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, etc.
Both Sides reiterated their desire to strengthen interaction and
coordination of views on these issues. Russia welcomed India's accession to
the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation and the
Missile Technology Control Regime. Russia is convinced that India's
participation will strengthen the international export control regimes and
in this regard welcomed India's application for membership in the Nuclear
Suppliers Group (NSG), reiterating its strong support for India's early
entry into the NSG. Russia also supported India's interest in full
membership in the Wasseanaar Arrangement.


The Leaders stressed upon the need for preventing the weaponization of
space. They noted the convergence of their interests in ensuring peaceful
and sustainable uses of outer space and reaffirmed their commitment towards
working together in relevant international fora such as the UN Committee on
Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna, the Conference on Disarmament in
Geneva and the UN General Assembly First Committee in New York to promote
these common interests. The Sides also called for conclusion of a legally
binding international agreement for the prevention of weaponisation of outer
space at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.


The Sides reiterated their desire to further strengthen their consultations
and coordination in various international organizations such as the Group of
Twenty (G-20), East Asia Summits, Asia-Europe Meeting, ASEAN Regional Forum,
ASEAN Defence Ministers' Meeting Plus, the Conference on Interaction and
Confidence Building Measures in Asia, and the Asia Cooperation Dialogue.
India and Russia expressed satisfaction over the outcomes of the G-20 Summit
held in Hangzhou in September 2016 and highlighted the significance of joint
efforts in the G-20 for encouraging global economic growth, ensuring a
stable international financial system, improving global economic governance
and accelerating structural reforms. Russia reiterated its support for
India's application to join APEC and committed to work closely with India.
The Sides reiterated their commitment to further jointly promote
coordination and cooperation aimed at maintaining lasting peace and
stability in the Asia Pacific region. They supported the development of an
open, inclusive and transparent security and cooperation architecture in the
region on the basis of universally recognized principles of international
law. In this regard they confirmed their commitment towards continued
discussion on regional security architecture in the Asia Pacific under the
framework of the East Asia Summit.


Bilateral Perspectives


Acknowledging the unique nature of strategic partnership between the
Republic of India and the Russian Federation, the Leaders agreed to
diversify stakeholders and further strengthen the existing mechanisms of
cooperation to propel India-Russia partnership to a level that meets the
aspirations of their people.





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