Putin greets Pratibha, Manmohan on New Year

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Moscow, Dec 31 (UNI) Greeting President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on New Year, Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed the confidence that relations between the two countries will further grow in the New Year.

''We are confident of the future relations between Russia and India and will do our best to carry on political, trade, economic, scientific, technical and cultural contacts,'' President Putin said in his message to President Patil.

''I am sure that the Russian Year in India in 2008 will contribute to the success of this policy,'' the Kremlin press service quoted him as saying.

In a separate message to Dr Singh, the Russian President said, ''The outgoing year, which witnessed the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, is marked by the highly intensified Russia-India political and business contacts and dynamic development of bilateral cooperation in key directions.'' UNI

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