National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval visited Moscow, capital of Russia on Wednesday, August 21 to expand the strategic cooperation between the two countries. Doval was invited by the Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Russian National Security Council.
The NSA’s talks with his Russian counterpart covered preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Vladivostok for the Eastern Economic Forum in early September, bilateral cooperation between the two National Security Councils as well as regional and international issues.
The discussions based on mutual trust and confidence showed identical or close positions on various issues characteristic of the Special and Privileged Strategic partnership between the two countries.
Both sides reaffirmed their intention to intensify counter-terrorism cooperation. The longstanding position of both sides on the importance of their bilateral consultations and mutual support for principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-interference of third parties was reiterated.
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NSA Doval also met Director of ROSCOSMOS Dmitry Rogozin to review ongoing cooperation in the space field and the Gaganyaan programme.
Rogozin applauded the progress of the Chandrayaan programme and
conveyed Russia’s support and best wishes for the Mission’s success.
Both sides also discussed long term aspects of space cooperation, which is expected
to figure prominently in the Bilateral summit in Vladivostok.