India to be a super power: Russian envoy

Russia`s Ambassador to India, Alexander M Kadakin, has said his country sees India as a super power in the coming years.

Last Updated: Oct 24, 2010, 13:04 PM IST

About future joint operations against terrorism jointly by the Indian and Russian troops, Ambassador Kadakin said: “The two countries have been fighting against global terrorism. We are not just friends, but allies too. India and Russia know well about it (terrorism), not from a bird`s eye view, but as nations that have faced it practically on the ground. So we consider this exercise very significant.”

Kadakin said: “During the talks between Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and his Indian counterpart A K Antony during his visit to New Delhi this joint army drill was highlighted as an example of growing military-to-military relations between the two countries,” he added, while giving emphasis on the importance of the joint exercise.

Eyeing upon demonstrating their resolve to fight against terrorism and to further boost defence cooperation, strike infantry units of the Indian and Russian Armies culminated a joint military exercise named Ex INDRA-10 in the Kumaon hills here on Saturday.

About future joint operations against terrorism jointly by the Indian and Russian troops, Ambassador Kadakin said: “The two countries have been fighting against global terrorism. We are not just friends, but allies too. India and Russia know well about it (terrorism), not from a bird`s eye view, but as nations that have faced it practically on the ground. So we consider this exercise very significant.”

Kadakin said: “During the talks between Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and his Indian counterpart A K Antony during his visit to New Delhi this joint army drill was highlighted as an example of growing military-to-military relations between the two countries,” he added, while giving emphasis on the importance of the joint exercise.

Eyeing upon demonstrating their resolve to fight against terrorism and to further boost defence cooperation, strike infantry units of the Indian and Russian Armies culminated a joint military exercise named Ex INDRA-10 in the Kumaon hills here on Saturday.

Over 400 troops from the two sides took part in this joint military drill and were divided into two groups. One group consisted of two Indian Army units in addition to one Russian army unit and vice versa.

The exercise was conducted in three phases to improve the interoperability and imbibe lessons at small team levels, levels at which success is imperative to combat terrorism.

During the culmination phase on the last two days a realistic stimulated joint operational exercise was conducted involving surveillance, acquiring and assessing of intelligence, joint planning, multi-directional induction of forces in small teams maintaining stealth, regrouping into joint task forces and joint teams, followed by a series of counter-terrorist operations.

The exercise conducted on Saturday was the third in the series of Army level exercises between the two nations, the previous joint exercises being EX INDRA-05 in Agra and EX-INDRA-07 in Pskov in Russia.

ANI