We Don’t Ex­pect Any Pol­icy ChangeToward­sMoscow

The re­la­tion­ship will ac­quire new di­men­sions and open up new vis­tas

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics Counter -

In­dia-Rus­sia ties will ac­quire new di­men­sions un­der the Naren­dra Modiled govern­ment in Delhi, ac­cord­ing to AM Kadakin, Rus­sian am­bas­sador to In­dia. In an in­ter­view with ET’s Dipanjan Roy Chaud­hury, Kadakin speaks on the prospects of busi­ness and trade co­op­er­a­tion, the con­tro­ver­sial Ku­danku­lum nu­clear power project and his coun­try’s stand on Crimea. Edited ex­cerpts: What does the vic­tory of Naren­dra Modi-led BJP mean for In­di­aRus­sia re­la­tions? Mr Modi is well known to Rus­sia and we had worked closely with him. Dur­ing the past decade, he vis­ited Rus­sia thrice as chief min­is­ter of Gu­jarat, a not so well-known fact in In­dia. The Rus­sian re­gion of As­trakhan has ex­cel­lent ties with Gu­jarat, with many busi­ness del­ega- tions par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ‘Vi­brant Gu­jarat Sum­mit’. We have good busi­ness con­tacts with Gu­jarat. We do not ex­pect any pol­icy change what­so­ever to­wards Moscow. What will be the new sec­tors of co­op­er­a­tion with In­dia? The re­la­tion­ship will ac­quire new di­men­sions and open up new vis­tas in the com­ing years, build­ing on the solid foun­da­tion. Could you name an­other coun­try that would so read­ily share its sen­si­tive ex­per­tise in civil nu­clear tech­nolo­gies—the Ku­danku­lam project, lease atomic sub­marines, co-pro­duce world’s best su­per­sonic cruise mis­sile “Brah­Mos” and carry out cut­ting-edge projects? There have been large-scale protests in In­dia against the Ku­danku­lum nu­clear power project. There is the li­a­bil­ity clause, which Rus­sia is not very com­fort­able with... In­dia needs en­ergy. Rus­sia is ready to help. We have a roadmap to build 1416 nu­clear units to­gether. Sci­en­tists say that in 30 years, even if In­dia buys all the oil pro­duced in the world, it would not be enough to guar­an­tee her sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and progress. The choice is In­dia’s.

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