Putin congratulates Modi, underscores importance of Russia-India ties

In a congratulatory message released by the Kremlin, Putin hailed Modi’s historic election success, demonstrating the tangible authority he has earned among the Indian people.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent warm congratulations to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his party’s thumping victory in India’s general elections, highlighting the continued significance Moscow places on its relationship with New Delhi.

In a congratulatory message released by the Kremlin, the Russian leader hailed Modi’s historic election success, demonstrating the tangible authority he has earned among the Indian people. Putin emphasized that Russia highly values its privileged strategic partnership with India.

The warm words come as Russia’s relations with the West have steadily deteriorated over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. India is seen as a key partner for Russia in its efforts to circumvent Western sanctions and cultivate ties with non-Western powers. Trade between the two countries has surged, with bilateral trade exceeding $30 billion in 2022-23.

For his part, Modi has stressed India’s desire to be a pragmatic global player that does not align itself with any bloc. Modi’s BJP Party won a resounding mandate in India’s marathon general elections, increasing its majority in the Lok Sabha and solidifying the prime minister’s standing as the country’s most powerful leader in decades. He has moved to deepen ties with Russia despite pressure from Western allies.

In congratulating Modi, Putin seemed to suggest that Moscow hopes to see those ties strengthened further. With major world powers realigning in a moment of geopolitical flux, the Russia-India partnership could take on even greater strategic significance.