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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have praised the close and decades-old bilateral relations between their two countries during official talks in Moscow.

India and Russia are linked by a “privileged strategic partnership,” Putin said at the meeting in the Kremlin.

Trade between the two nations had increased by 60 percent in the past year. According to the Indian Ministry of Commerce, it reached the equivalent of $65bn, with Indian imports of oil and fertilizer from Russia accounting for the largest share.

“I thank you for the attention you are paying to the most acute problems, including trying to find ways to resolve the Ukrainian crisis – above all by peaceful means, of course,” said Putin.

“As a friend, I have also said for the brighter future of our next generation, peace is of utmost importance,” Modi said in Hindi, sitting alongside Putin. “When innocent children are murdered, one sees them die, the heart pains and that pain is unbearable.”

“Every Indian feels in his heart that Russia is a friend of India in good and bad times,” Modi emphasized at a meeting with representatives of the Indian community in Moscow.

“This relationship is based on a strong foundation of mutual trust and respect.” The 73-year-old Modi also praised the leadership qualities of Putin. India has historically maintained good relations with Russia, although the country also has close ties with Western countries, who want to work closely with India in the face of an increasingly aggressive China.

Russia’s close relationship with China, on the other hand, is a thorn in India’s side.

“India is seen as a strong pillar of the new, emerging, multipolar world order,” Modi said on Tuesday.

“When India talks about peace, dialogue and diplomacy, the whole world listens. Whenever the world faces a crisis, India is the first country to arrive.”

Modi’s government has sought to take a pragmatic stance on Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine. Because Russian oil is cheap due to Western sanctions, India has become one of the largest buyers. At the same time, Indian leaders have repeatedly called on all sides to engage in dialogue.

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