Russia and India have confirmed their support for a comprehensive and permanent settlement of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, adding that they recognize Iran’s right to continue using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in accordance with its international obligations.
The issue was addressed during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Moscow on Monday, as the two discussed priority areas of bilateral cooperation and noted common positions on current international and regional issues.
India-Russia ties strategic
Cooperation with Russia is a “special and privileged strategic partnership” for India, Singh said in the meeting.
“The depth, diversity and dynamism of our cooperation testify to the fact that ours is truly a special and privileged strategic partnership,” the Indian prime minister said in a Twitter message.
Noting that the two countries have “a high degree of convergence on global developments and collaborate constructively in international forums”, Singh said, “The Kudankulam nuclear power project is an important symbol of our strategic partnership, where commercial power production will start shortly.”
“I am confident that we’ll successfully exploit our growing convergence of interests and take our strategic partnership to even greater heights,” he added.
Russia and India closely collaborate on matters of shared national interest. Russia also strongly supports India’s request to receive a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. In addition, Russia is in favor of India joining a number of important international organizations.