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NEW DELHI, May 7. /TASS/. The Russian-Indian cooperation has a positive dynamics of development and will never downgrade, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said ahead of his trip to Moscow in an exclusive interview with TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman.
"In recognition of the considerable strengthening of our multi-faceted relations since then, we now describe our relationship aptly as a special and privileged strategic partnership," the Indian president said, adding that "our bilateral relations cover virtually every field of human endeavor."
In recent years, Russia and India have made significant progress in cooperation in defence and nuclear energy, he said. "At the same time, there is still considerable untapped potential for further strengthening our partnership," Mukherjee said.
"At the recent Summit meeting, we identified initiatives to take our economic relations to a significantly higher level. We will be encouraging closer contacts between regions of our two countries to give further impetus in this direction," he said.
Mukherjee also said Moscow and New Delhi are also re-invigorating cooperation in space.
"An area of considerable promise is cooperation in education, research and innovation. We are actively working towards creating institutional linkages between our educational and research institutions," he said.
Speaking on nuclear energy, which is an important component of India’s energy security strategy, he said: "We deeply value our exchanges with Russia in nuclear energy. The multi-phase Kudankulam project showcases the outcome of our cooperation."
Last December, Russia and India set out a strategic vision for further development of cooperation, he added.
"We are aware that the hydrocarbons sector holds great promise. During President Putin’s visit, we agreed to set an ambitious agenda for partnership in oil and natural gas. This includes broader collaboration between our hydrocarbon companies in exploration and production, as well as in LNG projects and supplies," he said.
The head of the largest country in South Asia is due to visit Moscow on May 7-11 to participate in the celebrations on occasion of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the Soviet campaign against Nazi Germany.