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Russia and India set to step up anti-terror fight — defense minister

Sergey Shoigu noted that the two countries strongly condemn any terrorist acts and oppose a policy of double standards in the struggle against this evil

NEW DELHI, January 21. /TASS/. Russia and India are set to boost partnership in combating terrorism, visiting Russian Defense Minister General Sergey Shoigu said at talks with Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar.

“Our countries condemn strongly any terrorist acts and oppose a policy of double standards in the struggle against this evil,” the Russian minister noted. He valued highly current bilateral military-technical cooperation, noting that Russia and India reached the level of close production ties. “Production of a multi-purpose transport airplane, a fifth-generation fighter jet and several naval projects are in sight,” Shoigu said.

Russian-Indian relations have already been strategic for many decades and are based on a firm basis of mutual trust, mutual understanding and close ties between the nations of the two countries. “The results of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s last December visit to India and his talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi confirmed this once again,” Shoigu said. He recalled that at the summit the two leaders had adopted a plan to bolster Russian-Indian cooperation in the next decade which particularly plans broad military and military-technical cooperation. “Agreements reached at the top level open up new opportunities to develop cooperation between defense agencies of Russia and India,” Shoigu noted.

“The course for building up diversified ties between our agencies remains unchanged,” he said he hoped for this. “We are ready to broaden cooperation,” the Russian defense minister pledged.