Di­rec­tor, Fed­eral Se­cu­rity Ser­vice of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion Calls on Union Home Min­is­ter

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NEW DELHI. Union Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh re­ceived the 9-Mem­ber Rus­sian del­e­ga­tion led by the Di­rec­tor of the Fed­eral Se­cu­rity Ser­vice of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion (FSB) Alexan­der Bort­nikov in New Delhi March 24. Mr Singh in­formed the vis­it­ing del­e­ga­tion that In­dia and Rus­sia are all weather friends and en­joy fam­ily like re­la­tions. He said that our bi­lat­eral re­la­tions had with­stood all try­ing times in the midst of chang­ing na­ture of in­ter­na­tional and po­lit­i­cal re­la­tions.

The Home Min­is­ter said that Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and the Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin have been meet­ing on dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions to share and strengthen the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion at the high­est level. He also men­tioned that the Rus­sian Pres­i­dent is loved and re­spected by all In­di­ans.

Dur­ing the course of Del­e­ga­tion level meet­ing last­ing for about 45 min­utes, the Home Min­is­ter high­lighted the spon­sor­ing of ter­ror­ism by our neigh­bour­ing coun­try, which is a threat not only to In­dia and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity but to the hu­man­ity as a whole. Mr Singh re­it­er­ated that In­dia has a pol­icy of zero tol­er­ance for ter­ror­ism. The Home Min­is­ter also men­tioned that In­ter-Agency co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries should cover bi­lat­eral, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues. He fur­ther em­pha­sised that bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion should in­clude the ar­eas of mil­i­tary and tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion, en­ergy sec­tor, eco­nomic se­cu­rity and disas­ter man­age­ment, and urged that the strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries needs to be strength­ened fur­ther. He also men­tioned that dur­ing the en­su­ing visit of In­dian Del­e­ga­tion to Rus­sia, he would make it a point to visit fa­cil­i­ties such as the EMERCOM head­quar­ters to ex­plore ar­eas of tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

The two sides also ac­knowl­edged that there may be some ‘ un­friendly forces’ or ‘un­friendly ac­tors’ who may be try­ing to cre­ate hin­drances in the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship but such ad­verse cam­paigns are in­ca­pable of af­fect­ing the deep un­der­stand­ing bol­stered by reg­u­lar di­a­logues and mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion.

The Rus­sian del­e­ga­tion ex­tended an in­vi­ta­tion to the Union Home Min­is­ter to par­tic­i­pate in the XVI In­ter­na­tional meet­ing of the Heads of Spe­cial Ser­vices, Se­cu­rity Agen­cies and Law En­force­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tions in Rus­sia later this year, which the Home Min­is­ter ac­cepted.

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