This photo is from November 2001. Then a delegation led by Vajpayee went to Moscow to participate in the India-Russia Summit. Narendra Modi was also included in it. Then Jaswant Singh was the Defense Minister. He was also a part of this team. Then Prime Minister Narendra Modi got the opportunity to meet Putin for the first time. He met Putin in Moscow in the presence of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Putin gave a warm welcome to Modi
Putin still had a lot of respect for India. He was also friendly with Atal Bihari Vajpayee. At that time, although Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Putin gave him a warm welcome. Putin never once let Modi feel that he has no importance.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is not with us today. He passed away on 16 August 2018. Jaswant Singh also left this world on 27 September 2020. Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat in 2001, is the Prime Minister of India today. There is only one Putin who is what he was.
India’s relations with Russia have not changed
During his tenure, the excellent relations between India and Russia reached new heights. India got Russia’s support in every difficult hour. When the whole world turned its back on India after the nuclear test, Russia stood shoulder to shoulder with it. India did the same with Russia. After the invasion of Ukraine, when the whole world started blaming Russia, we got away from it. India’s relations with America and Europe have also been very good in these two decades. But, he did not betray his old friend. Vladimir Putin was formerly an intelligence officer. He served as a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years. His first term as President was from 2000 to 2008. Then from 2012 till now he is the President of Russia.