New Delhi, May 11: President Prab Mukherjee on Monday said his “successful” state visit to Russia emboldened India’s strategic ties with the country, adding that the high-level bilateral talks stirred a “forward” movement on defence, nuclear energy and space cooperation. On his the five-day visit that began on May 7, Mukherjee, in a statement said: “I have just concluded a successful visit to Russia... this was a most memorable visit, which has helped deepen our strong and mutually beneficial relationship with Russia.” On his first official visit to Russia as president, he participated in the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Victory Day (May 9) commemorating the triumph of the Russian people in the the Great Patriotic War, as the Russians term the Second World War. Describing India’s contribution in the war as “significant”, Mukherjee noted that while the occasion commemorated “the bravery and indomitable spirit of the Russian people”, it also remembered “the sacrifices of Indian soldiers in the most defining struggle of the 20th Century”. (ians)
'Cooperation in space, defence with Russia deepened'