We Don’t Expect Any Policy ChangeTowardsMoscow
The relationship will acquire new dimensions and open up new vistas
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.