PM Modi receives highest Russian civilian honor during visit to Moscow in 2024

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Tuesday officially honored with the ‘Order of St. Andrew the Apostle’ award by Russian President Vladimir Putin for his exceptional services in promoting bilateral relations between the two countries.

“It is an honor to receive the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle. I dedicate it to the people of India,” Modi said in a post on Twitter after receiving the award at a ceremony here.

Established in 1698 by Tsar Peter the Great in honor of Saint Andrew, the first apostle of Jesus and patron saint of Russia, the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle is Russia’s highest state honor.

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for helping find a peaceful solution to the Ukraine crisis.

“I appreciate you paying attention to the most important issues, especially trying to find ways to resolve the Ukrainian crisis, primarily by peaceful means,” Putin was quoted as saying by the official TASS news agency. Putin made this statement during his talks with Modi in the Kremlin. In his televised inaugural address, Modi told Putin and assured the world community that India is for peace and is ready to contribute to ending the conflict in Ukraine.

He stressed that “peace is the most important thing for the bright future of the new generation… Peace talks do not succeed amidst bombs, guns and bullets.” The prime minister also referred to his informal meeting with Putin on Monday, saying that listening to the Russian president had given him “hope.” “Every person who believes in humanity feels sad when a life is lost. That too, if innocent children die; if innocent children die, it is heartbreaking and very painful,” Modi said. “Putin said that Russia and India have done it “We work together on the international stage, especially within international organizations,” Putin was quoted as saying by the state news agency TASS. “We had the opportunity to communicate in an informal atmosphere and talk about almost all issues.” that cooperation is underway mainly within the United Nations and within groups such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS Outside Putin’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday he was doubtful. that NATO countries would consider Prime Minister Modi’s peace initiative “There is a NATO summit taking place these days…” All the rhetoric before this suggests that they will hardly be listened to, but we will continue to pay attention to whose points of view. will prevail there,” he told a Telegram channel called Shot.

But Peskov also said that more and more politicians are actually talking about dialogue.

“One can disagree on some things. One can disagree on many things. But if there is dialogue, there is an opportunity to find solutions,” Peskov said.

Putin also said that he believes that Moscow and New Delhi have a privileged strategic partnership.
He said our countries have enjoyed good friendship for decades. He said that today our relations have the character of a privileged strategic partnership.

The Russian leader expressed satisfaction with the growing trade between the two countries, which he said increased 66 percent last year and 20 percent in the first quarter of this year.

Putin once again congratulated Modi on his re-election as Indian Prime Minister. He also noted that Modi arrived in Russia for his first official foreign visit after being sworn in for another term at the head of the government following last month’s Indian general election. Putin also invited Modi to the BRICS summit to be held in the Russian city of Kazan in October. Addressing Modi, the Russian leader said: We will be glad to see you at the BRICS summit in Kazan this year. This year Russia holds the presidency of the BRICS. BRICS is an intergovernmental organization that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Ethiopia, Egypt, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates have joined as new members of BRICS.


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