Shashi Tharoor, a member of Parliament, has emphasised the importance of developing diplomatic relations between Russia and India in order to achieve a more peaceful world. Mr. Tharoor was speaking at the start of a ten-month celebration hosted by the Russian House in Thiruvananthapuram to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations. Mr. Tharoor stated that the relations between India and Russia are unique and time-tested, and that they remain constant despite changes in the geopolitical landscape.
Dr. Gopakumar said that the Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Co-operation and declaration of strategic partnership between India and the erstwhile USSR were milestones in the ties between the two nations. Ratheesh C. Nair, Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and Director of the Russian House in Thiruvananthapuram, said that a series of seminars, exhibitions, discussions and competitions will be organised as part of the celebrations. P. S. Sreekumar, the former registrar of the Public Policy Research Institute, and Kavitha Nair, Assistant Director of the Russian House, also spoke on the occasion.
”After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, we thought the friendly relations would decline. But Russia, being a longstanding friend, continued to support our country’s economic development and security. Our special and privileged strategic partnership is significant despite new allies among nations,” Mr. Tharoor was quoted in a statement issued by the Russian House. Former Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Kerala, G. Gopakumar, delivered the key-note address.
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