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Russia offers India its rich experience in counter terror activities

Russia on Monday offered to share with India its ‘wealth of experience in counter terrorism activities’.This was conveyed to Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu by a visiting 30-member high-level Russian Parliamentary delegation led by Mr Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the State Duma (counterpart of the Lok Sabha) of the Russian Parliament that called on him. The delegation was responding to Mr Naidu when he referred to ‘the menace of terrorism’ threatening the socio-economic fabric across the world and called for increased global cooperation against it.

Responding to Mr Naidu’s concern, the visiting dignitary said Russia can cooperate with India with its ‘‘wealth of experience in counter terrorism activities’’. A 30-member high-level Russian Parliamentary delegation led by Chairman of the State Duma (counterpart of the Lok Sabha) of the Russian Parliament, called on the Vice President and held wide ranging discussions on bilateral ties, here Monday.

Mr Volodin also called for an enabling legislative framework to fully tap the immense potential of bilateral cooperation between India and Russia. He stressed on the need for enhancing parliamentary exchanges between the two countries to enable necessary legislative framework to fully harness the potential of India-Russia ties in various sectors and urged the Parliamentary committees of both countries to be more proactive in this regard. He said “There is a need to further build upon the traditional friendship between the two countries for mutual advantage in the fields of economy, human development and cultural cooperation”. Referring to the immense opportunities in the fields of tourism and medical education, Mr. Volodin called for addressing bureaucratic delays.

He further said that bilateral trade increased by about 21 per cent last year and still there is scope to go much beyond. During the 40-minute-long meeting, both sides fondly recalled the traditional bonds of friendship between the two countries and the need to further intensify cooperation in the present world order. Referring to the ‘special and privileged’ relationship and positive engagement between the two countries in various multilateral forums, Mr Naidu said the 19 bilateral summits between the leaders of the two countries since 2000 and the recent productive meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin reflected the solidarity between the two countries.

He said the convergence of views between India and Russia on various international and multilateral matters need to be taken forward through parliamentary exchanges. The Duma Chairman said the India-Russia Parliamentary Commission at its 5th meeting being held in New Delhi Monday would address specific issues concerning bilateral cooperation. The Russian Parliamentary delegation consisted of First Deputy Chairman and Deputy Chairman of ‘Duma’ and Chairpersons of various Committees of ‘Duma’ including on Defence, Internal Affairs, International Affairs, Financial Markets, Economic Policy, Enquiry, Health, Security and Corruption Control, an official release here said.

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