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.
The members of the Commission summed up the results of the last year’s work, and earmarked high-priority tasks in the field of military and technical cooperation between the two countries.
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.
New Delhi: After talks between India and Germany yesterday to expand the Defence Cooperation between the two countries, German Defence Minister Dr. Ursula von der Leyen called on Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi here today.
Talks were held yesterday between the delegation of the two countries led by their respective Defence Ministers. The Indian side was led by Manohar Parrikar and the German side by Dr (Ms) Ursula von der Leyen.
Cooperation between the Armed Forces of the two countries, partnering of Germany in the “Make-in-India” initiative in the Defence sector and supply of state-of-the-art equipment and technology were some of the prominent issues discussed by the two Defence Ministers. Both sides also exchanged their perception with regard to the evolving geo-political events having impact on the security situation.
The German Defence Minister’s visit to New Delhi is taking place close on the heels of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent highly successful visit to Germany. The visit would also pave the way for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to India later this year.
Dr Ursula von der Leyen will be visiting the Western Naval Command in Mumbai tomorrow, before concluding her 3 days official visit to India.
During her meeting with the Indian Prime Minister, Dr Ursula conveyed Germany’s keen interest in collaborating with India in Defence technology and equipment, including Defence manufacturing in India, cyber security and maritime cooperation. She conveyed that Chancellor Merkel was looking forward to her visit in October 2015 for the Inter-Governmental Commission meeting as an opportunity to deepen cooperation across all areas of bilateral relations. She mentioned that India’s participation in the Hannover Trade Fair as Partner Country and Prime Minister’s presence at the inauguration had made a visible impact in Germany, and there was a strong interest now in the Make in India mission.
The Prime Minister recalled his visit to Germany and his excellent discussions with Chancellor Merkel and German business leaders. He reiterated that India considered Germany as a vital economic partner, including in areas like skill development and manufacturing. He invited German companies to take advantage of enormous opportunities of defence manufacturing and defence research and development in India. He looked forward to the visit of Chancellor Merkel later in the year.