New Delhi, Aug 20: Russia is a "time-tested" and "reliable friend", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today and expressed shared commitment with President Vladimir Putin to expand, strengthen and deepen the bilateral engagement across all domains.
He made the remarks while receiving Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin who conveyed Putin's greetings to the Prime Minister and briefed him on the progress in ongoing projects between India and Russia, according to a PMO statement.
Modi recalled his recent meeting with Putin in Tashkent in June and via video-link for dedication of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 at the beginning of this month.
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The Prime Minister conveyed that India is eagerly awaiting the Russian President's visit here, the statement added.