Russia described India as a “trusted partner” and said that there were no divergences or misunderstandings between the two countries. It also mentioned of having “limited cooperation” with Pakistan based on independent relations.
At a joint media briefing with Russian ambassador Nikolay Kudashev, Deputy Chief of the Russian mission Roman Babushkin hailed the recent commitment by India and Pakistan to follow the 2003 ceasefire on the Line of Control and said these are very important steps for regional stability. He also said that India must be part of the process of shaping regional consensus on Afghanistan and that New Delhi and Moscow have similar approaches for the Afghan peace process.
Whereas, Kudashev said that India is a “trusted partner” of Russia, and ties between the two countries were “equal, solid, comprehensive, coherent, and forward-looking”. He also said that Russia was very satisfied with the detailed discussion on a wide range of bilateral and international matters between India and Russia during Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov’s recent visit to India.