Double standards cannot be used while fighting terrorism: Russian Defence Minister
New Delhi: Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation and General of the Army Sergei Shoigu today said that double or triple standards cannot be used while fighting terrorism.
The Russian Defence Minister, jointly with Defence Minister of India Manohar Parrikar, was attending the 16th session of the Russian-Indian Inter-governmental Commission for Military and Technical Cooperation in New Delhi today.
Russia and India have achieved progress in joint projects, including ones concerning S-400 air defence systems, the Russian Defence Minister said. He also stated that there is a separate large-scale project concerning the Navy.
On this occasion, Manohar Parrikar spoke of the recently signed inter-governmental agreement for S-400 and joint production of Ka-226 helicopters. This is evidence of the progress made by the two countries in the field of military and technical cooperation. The prospects are also good in the nuclear field, he stated.
Both sides also discussed issues of regional security and other matters for enhancing bilateral cooperation. They also shared views to meet the objectives of the agreements signed during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to India on 15-16 October 2016.
General Sergei Shoigu invited the Indian specialists to participate in the ARMY-2017 international military and technical forum. He also suggested holding of a joint exercise of engineer troops of both countries for humanitarian mine clearing at the Russian International Mine Action Center. Experts from this Centre had taken part in mine-clearing operation in Palmyra.
The Russian Defence Minister expressed his gratitude to the Indian Army personnel and invited them to take part in the Army Games next year.