Russia-India Working On Payment Settlement Issues, Says VTB Bank CEO
Russia-India Working On Payment Settlement Issues, Says VTB Bank CEO
VTB Bank CEO Andrei Kostin said Russia and India are engaged in constructive discussion around payments

Russia and India are engaged in constructive discussion around payments, as Western financial sanctions on Moscow and the inconvertibility of the rupee hamper bilateral settlements, VTB Bank CEO Andrei Kostin said on Tuesday.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Moscow, Kostin said the two countries were working to reduce issues for companies and individuals.

PM Modi In Russia

‘Relationship Is Built On Mutual Trust and Respect’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made a wholehearted endorsement of India’s ties with Russia, describing the old ally as India’s “all-weather friend” and lauding President Vladimir Putin for strengthening the bilateral relations over the past two decades of his leadership.

PM Modi is in Russia to hold the 22nd India-Russia annual summit with President Putin.

Addressing the Indian diaspora, he said the India-Russia relationship is built on the strong pillar of mutual trust and respect, asserting that their ties were tested time and again only to emerge stronger every time.

Modi’s high praise of Russia as an ally and Putin’s leadership came amid ongoing efforts by the Western world to isolate the Russian leader over the war in Ukraine.

Prime Minister Modi also made a veiled criticism of the “influence-oriented global order” which endured for decades.

“But, what the world needs right now is confluence not influence and no one can deliver this message better than India which has a strong tradition of worshipping confluences,” he said.

He said India is being seen as a strong pillar in the “emerging multipolar world order”.

“When it speaks of peace, dialogue and diplomacy, then the whole world listens.” Modi has often stressed the need for dialogue and diplomacy to end the war between Russia and Ukraine.

Commenting on India’s ties with Russia, he said he has been for decades an admirer of the unique partnership between the two countries.

“On hearing the word Russia, the first word that comes to the mind of every Indian is India’s ‘sukh-dukh ka saathi’ (all-weather friend) and a trusted ally,” he said.

“No matter how low the temperature dips below zero degrees during Russian winter, India-Russia friendship has always remained in ‘plus’ and been full of warmth. This relationship is built on the strong foundation of mutual trust and mutual respect,” Modi said.

He said he had a special appreciation for “his friend” Putin for steering the India-Russia friendship to greater heights over the last two decades.

As prime minister, he said it was his sixth visit to Russia and the two leaders have met 17 times during this period.

“All these meetings have added to our mutual trust and respect,” he said, praising Putin for helping the evacuation of Indian students during the war. He expressed gratitude to the Russian leader and Russian citizens for this.

To the applause from the audience, he announced that India will open two new consulates in Russia to boost travel and trade between the two countries.

Modi said India was undergoing a transformation and the pace of development over the past 10 years has taken the world by surprise. Even the world now acknowledges what he used to say during his poll campaign that the 21st century belongs to India, he added.

The fast pace of India’s development will write a “new chapter” in the world’s progress, he said.

He said India was changing as it believes in the strength of its 140 crore citizens who are now dreaming of turning their resolve of ‘Viksit Bharat’ into reality.

(With agency inputs)

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