India, Russia in regular
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NEW DELHI: India and Russia have been in regular touch on Afghanistan and regional issues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday and noted that the two countries have not only helped each other without hesitation but also taken care of each others’ sensitivities.  

The Prime Minister, who held the annual summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Hyderabad House here, said the 2+2 mechanism between the two countries has started a new mechanism to increase cooperation between the two countries.   

“Both countries have not only helped each other without any hesitation but have also taken care of each others’ sensitivities. This is really a unique and trustworthy model of intrusted friendship,” he said.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold the 21st annual India-Russia summit, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo)

This is the first in-person between PM Modi and Putin since they met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in 2019 in Brasilia. The visit of the Russian leader is in continuation of the tradition of annual summits held alternately in India and Russia.

PM Modi said that various fundamental changes had occurred at the global level in the last few decades and multiple new geopolitical equations have emerged but despite these variables, the friendship between the two countries has been constant.

He emphasised that 2021 is a special year for the strategic partnership between India and Russia.

“Today, the first 2+2 dialogue was convened among our foreign and defence ministers. The dialogue has begun a new mechanism to increase our practical cooperation. We have also been regularly in touch on Afghanistan and other regional issues,” the Prime Minister said.

“The regional partnership that began from Eastern Economic Forum and Vladivostok summit today is turning into real assistance between Indian states and Russian Far East,” he added.  

The Prime Minister said the two countries are also implementing a long-term vision to strengthen economic ties.

No change in growth of India-Russia relations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no change in the pace of growth of India-Russia relations.

In his opening remarks at the annual summit meeting with the Russian President here, PM Modi said that the “special and privileged strategic partnership” between the two continues to become stronger. 

“Despite the challenges posed by COVID, there is no change in the pace of growth of India-Russia relations. Our special and privileged strategic partnership continues to become stronger,” he said.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Monday. The two leaders will hold the 21st annual India-Russia summit. (ANI Photo)

The 21st India- Russia Annual Summit is being held at Hyderabad House here.

This is the first in-person between the two leaders since they met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in 2019 in Brasilia.

The visit of the Russian leader is in continuation of the tradition of annual summits held alternately in India and Russia.

Earlier in the day, the two countries held their first 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. (ANI)

Fight against COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lauded countrymen’s efforts as over 50 per cent of the eligible population is now fully vaccinated.

The Prime Minister called on the nation to keep this momentum to strengthen the fight against COVID-19.

“India’s vaccination drive crosses another important milestone. Important to keep this momentum to strengthen the fight against COVID-19. And yes, keep following all other COVID-19 related protocols including masking up and social distancing,” tweeted PM Modi in response to a tweet by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

Mandaviya in a tweet yesterday wrote, “Congratulations India! It is a moment of great pride as over 50 per cent of the eligible population are now fully vaccinated. We will win the battle against COVID-19 together #HarGharDastak #SabkoMuftVaccine”

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Russian President Vladimir Putin before a meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Monday. The two leaders will hold the 21st annual India-Russia summit. (ANI Photo)

The Government of India targets 100 per cent COVID-19 adult vaccination under the ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ program by December 31 as India achieved 50 per cent fully vaccinated adult population landmark on Sunday.

The States, Union Territories with more than 50 per cent of the adult population fully vaccinated are Andaman Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Tripura.

Last week the Union Health Minister and health officials conducted a meeting with states and UTs regarding the “Har Ghar Dastak” campaign and set the targets of 100 per cent first COVID-19 vaccine dose till December 31. (ANI)