New Delhi: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley reiterated the strong Indo-Russian defence cooperation on Wednesday during the 6th Moscow Conference on International Security.
Speaking to the media after the plenary session of the conference held in Moscow, Jaitley said he had very fruitful and productive discussions with his Russian Counterpart Sergei Shoigu
“India has traditionally been participating in the Moscow Conference on International Security. This year it was decided that Indian defence minister will participate in the conference. The discussions were very productive,” Jaitley said.
He said diplomatic relations between India and Russia were in the 70th year.
“This is a relationship which goes far beyond just the relations between the governments. Russia has been a true and trusted friend of India,which is regarded so by the people of India, and there has been a much greater cooperation at the level of defence,” the minister said.
He listed out the defence tie-up with both nations extending to joint military exercises, training cooperation and supply of equipment.
“We have future plans to set up manufacturing units in India and these are subjects of discussion which came up in my bilateral meeting with the defence minister. I am sure with the level of engagement we have, this relationship will continue to grow,” Jaitley added.
Earlier speaking at the forum, Jaitley said the the growing role and importance of Asia is a striking aspect of the changed international environment. He said for the foreseeable future, Asian economies will continue to be the drivers of global growth.Asia could also be emerging as the stage for competition between large and rising powers.