Putin praises Modi for his tough policies; says he is 'main guarantor' of steady Russia-India relationship
The Russian leader said he "cannot imagine that Modi could be frightened, intimidated or forced to take any actions, steps, decisions that would be at variance with the national interests of India and the Indian people".
He said relations between Russia and India are developing in all areas.
Putin, who on Friday announced his intention to run for the presidency again in 2024, said he can feel pressure on Modi from unfriendly countries.
Putin disclosed that he and Modi never even discussed this subject, the
"I just look at what is happening from the outside, and sometimes, frankly speaking, I am even surprised at his tough stance on defending the national interests of the Indian state," the Russian president stressed.
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