Russia will always be India’s strategic partner despite New Delhi’s growing ties with countries like the US, France and Israel as there are certain defence products and technology that “no one else will give” except Moscow, a top Russian official has said. Sergei Chemezov, the CEO of the Rostec State Corporation, said cooperation with India will certainly continue, regardless of whether India cooperates only with Russia or also with Israel, France, the US or other countries.
“We have our own niche, these countries have their own directions for cooperation. Therefore, this does not mean that if India will work with some other countries, cooperation with Russia will cease. No,” Chemezov told a select group of reporters on the sidelines of Russia’s premier air show MAKS 2017 here. “There are defence products and technology that no one else will give except Russia. Therefore, Russia has always been and will be a strategic partner of India,” he asserted when asked about the prospects of Indo-Russia cooperation given India’s growing defence collaboration with other countries.
Rostec Corporation, one of the main organisers of MAKS-2017, presented the latest Russian developments in the space industry as well as in aircraft and helicopter engineering and weapons at the event hosted here from July 18-23.
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