Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Wednesday (21 August) met his Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev in Moscow for covering the preparations for PM’s visit, reports Business Standard.
During the talks between Doval and Patrushev, both countries vowed to intensify their counterterrorism cooperation and pledged mutual support to safeguard the sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-interference of third parties.
The development comes ahead of PM Modi’s visit to Vladivostok for the Eastern Economic Forum in early September.
Doval and Patrushev also discussed bilateral cooperation between the two National Security Councils, as well as regional and international issues, an official statement said.
The discussions based on mutual trust and confidence showed identical or close positions on various issues characteristic of the “Special and Privileged Strategic partnership” between the two countries, it said.
“Both sides reaffirmed their intention to intensify counter terrorism cooperation. The longstanding position of both sides on importance of their bilateral consultations and mutual support for principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-interference of third parties was reiterated,” the statement said.
During his visit, Doval also met Director of Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities Dmitry Rogozin to review the ongoing cooperation in the space field and the Gaganyaan programme.