JUNE 12 I 2013 ADVERTORIAL An initiative by M E S S A G E H.E. MR ALEXANDER KADAKIN AMBASSADOR OF RUSSIA IN INDIA, ON THE OCCASION OF THE DAY OF RUSSIA Dear Friends, For more than two decades my country celebrates June 12 as the Day of Russia. It is heartening to note that one of the first major international initiatives taken by the newly born Russia was the signing of the Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation with India on January 28, 1993. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the document which reconfirmed and further consolidated the fundamental principles of our bilateral relations based on three main pillars–mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual benefit. While celebrating the Day of Russia we can proudly note that no domestic social and economic shocks or sweeping shifts in the international arena had shaken the Russia-India friendship or eroded the national consensus established in the two countries on our timetested relationship. Moreover, in the process of acquiring new substance, our ties have transformed into a unique international phenomena unparalleled in the diplomacy of the 20th or 21st centuries and have reached the level of special and privileged strategic partnership. Strong multidimensional cooperation with India remains a top priority of Russia’s foreign policy. Together we have established the tradition of annual bilateral summits, thus, creating an efficient mechanism to review the entire gamut of our interaction, discuss the present tasks and outline avenues for the future. This year will see the 14th meeting of the leaders of Russia and India in this format, marking the culmination of a series of fruitful regular exchanges at various levels between Moscow and New Delhi. Continuity persists in our agenda, be it design and manufacture of the best-in-the-world BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, state-of-theart fifth generation fighter, erection of the world’s safest units of NPP Kudankulam, participation of Russian specialists in the Chennai Metro construction or use of GLONASS in India. The potential of Russia-India trade, economic, scientific, technological and cultural interaction is far from being tapped fully. There are plenty of opportunities for its substantial diversification. We are happy to see that our Indian friends fully share with us the desire to move forward in searching and exploring new vistas and horizons of Russian-Indian cooperation. That makes us feel assured that friendship and strategic partnership between Russia and India will further develop, thrive and blossom for the benefit of our nations and in the interests of peace on Earth, security and prosperity of entire humankind. A long-standing and time-tested friend, Russia has played a key role in India's economic development and security F OR OVER six-and-a-half decades, India and Russia have remained close friends, backed by the immense goodwill shared by the people of the two nations. The cordial relations have been strengthened by mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation and the close proximity of fundamental interests of the two nations in the changing global environment. India views Russia as a longstanding and time-tested friend that has played a key role in the country's economic development and security. As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, India deeply values Russia’s “steadfast friendship and support”. “This relationship has a special place in the hearts and minds of Indians”, Singh said last December at the Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in New Delhi. Though the break-up of the erstwhile Soviet Union and the global developments following it and the economic liberalisation in India had cast a shadow on the traditionally close relations, the India-Russia ties have acquired a qualitatively new character postthe signing of the “Declaration on the India-Russia Strategic Partnership” in October 2000. Since then, enhanced levels of cooperation has been taking place in almost all areas of the bilatehral relationship, including political, security, trade & economy, defence, energy, science STEADFAST FRIENDSHIP INDIA-RUSSIA TIES HAVE ACQUIRED A QUALITATIVELY NEW CHARACTER AFTER THE “DECLARATION ON THE INDIA-RUSSIA STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP” & technology and culture. In the last couple of years, the two countries have decided to further elevate the strategic partnership to the level of a “Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership”. Bilateral ties with Russia are a key pillar of India's foreign policy. Summit meeting between the Prime Minister of India and the President of the Russian Federation is conducted every year. Since the Declaration BrahMos packs a punch of Strategic Partnership, 13 Summit meetings have taken place alternatively in India and Russia. The governments have together set up two InterGovernmental Commissions--one on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC), cochaired by the external affairs minister and the Russian deputy prime minister, and another on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC- MTC) co-chaired by the two defence ministers. Both the commissions meet annually. India- Russia cooperation in the military technical sphere has evolved from a simple buyer-seller framework to one involving joint research & development, joint production and marketing of advanced defence technologies and systems such as on the BrahMos missile system. Joint development of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft and the Multi-role Transport Aircraft, as well as the licensed production in India of SU-30 aircraft and T90 tanks, are other examples of flagship cooperation programmes underway in this sphere. Continued on Page 3 ➤➤➤ Experiencing the splendour of Russia R I N the current age speed, maneuverability and accuracy determine the strength of the armed forces. Defence forces around the world are relying on highspeed missiles to give them a cutting edge in warfare. India, which possesses one of the strongest land, air and sea forces in the world, started adding that extra punch to its armed forces by entering into a partnership with Russia to develop state of the art supersonic cruise missiles. Starting out in 1998, the India-Russia Joint Venture BrahMos, conceived by the best scientific minds of the two countries, has emerged as an integral part of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. The missile has provided raw power to the Indian defence forces making it even more lethal and deadlier. BrahMos on a continuous basis keep enhancing the capabilities of the weapon complex. The corporation carried out a recent flight trial in the month of March, the submarine launched version of BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile was successfully testfired from a submerged platform in Bay of Bengal off the coast of Vishakapatnam. The Indian Navy also on May 22, 2013, successfully test fired BRAHMOS from its newest guided missile frigate INS Tarkash off the Goa coast against a sea target. INS Tarkash was commissioned on November 9, 2012 by the Indian Navy. The warship * along with two other frigates of the class – INS Teg and INS Trikand have been built as part of a $1.6 billion contract signed between India and Russia in July 2006. The vertical launch configuration of BRAHMOS enhances the stealth capabilities of the ship as the missiles are under the deck and not exposed. The universal Vertical Launched being used in these ships has a unique design, developed and patented by BrahMos Aerospace. Jointly developed by India and Russia, the BRAHMOS missile has a flight range of up to 290 km and is capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 300 kg. The missile can cruise at a maximum speed of 2.8 Mach. Dr A S Pillai honoured Dr A S Pillai, distinguished scientist, CEO and MD, BrahMos Aerospace, was conferred the Padma Bhushan by President Pranab Mukherjee for his contribution to the country's cruise missile programme. Under the leadership of Dr Pillai, the Indian-Russian Joint Venture BrahMos Aerospace has achieved tremendous success since its inception in 1998. The BrahMos supersonic missile has been inducted into the Indian Army and Navy. Recently the submarine launched version of the missile was test fired. USSIA has always been one of the most favourite travel destinations for Indians. Every year thousands of Indians fly down to Russia to explore its majestic forts and churches, splendid cities and the calm and serene rural regions. In fact, the number of Indians visiting Russia is increasing every year. In 2012, Indian arrivals to Russia shot up more than 95% as compared to 2011. Today, Russia is working towards increasing the Indian tourist inflow through innovative marketing activities. “The Federal Agency for Tourism”, The Russian Travel Association "World without Borders” in cooperation with Salvia Travels, recently participated at OTM in Mumbai. It showcased the highlights of the country with a presentation for travel trade with the target of increasing the Indian tourist traffic by another 60% this year by educating the travel trade about Russia and emphasising on the growing business market of the country for all kinds of travellers. The Russian Travel Association "World without Borders” appointed Salvia Travels to promote Russian Inbound Tourism from India. The initiative aims at working closely with Indian agencies for smooth travel operations and satisfactory experience of all Indian travellers. According to YS Rawat, Head, Corporate Sales & Operation, Salvia Travels, “Russia, with its advanced technology, offered facilities, warm hospitality, personalised services coupled with immense natural beauty and rich cultural heritage & history, has become a ( READ. ENGAGE. DELIVER.) IS THE MARKETING SOLUTIONS TEAM OF THE INDIAN EXPRESS GROUP good alternative MICE destination.” He further added, “Now beyond two major cities of Russia, Moscow & St. Petersburg, Indian travellers are willing to explore sites like The Golden Ring, Lake Baikal, the Trans Siberian Railway journey, and Krasnodar Region. We also promote Sochi, the Black Sea resort and home of the 2014 Winter Olympics” Today India has emerged as a lucrative market for Russia. Due to its growing GDP, spending power of its middle-class and improving flight connections from India to overseas countries, India has become a promising outbound market to tap. The company has been expanding its client base and is targeting well-travelled tourists, family travellers, business travellers & the MICE segment from India. To showcase the potential of Russia, the company will also hold promotional activities with trade partners in India to double the number of Indian travellers. Aeroflot provides direct flight connections from India (New Delhi) to Russia (Moscow) and from there connecting flights to all cities of the country. There are some major airlines already operating flights to Russia, with suitable connections, like: Emirates, Qatar, Ethihad, Air Arabia, Fin Air, etc. *
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