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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Indian Foreign Minister Discusses Crises With Putin

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday lauded the high level of contacts and cooperation between Moscow and New Delhi, noting that work had begun to expand political, economic and military-technical ties.

"It is pleasant to note that our contacts with our Indian colleagues and friends have been taking place regularly at high levels," Putin said ahead of talks with visiting Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha.

Sinha noted that the regular contacts "have helped take our relations to a higher altitude all the time."

Sinha was in Moscow to discuss the Iraqi and Korean crises along with the general security situation in Asia and bilateral cooperation. He met earlier with Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov.

Ivanov said Moscow and New Delhi share "similar or identical views" on global security issues.

"The relations between Russia and India have been developing dynamically in all aspects, including security," Ivanov said at the start of his talks with Sinha, according to Interfax and Itar-Tass.

Sinha said Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee plans to visit Russia in May. Vajpayee's trip follows a visit this month by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. After meeting with Musharraf, Putin said the Kremlin was eager to improve relations with Pakistan, although he emphasized it would not be to the detriment of relations with Moscow's traditional allies. In an apparent attempt to assuage New Delhi's concerns about Moscow's contacts with its nuclear rival, Putin called Vajpayee before and after his talks with Musharraf.

"Prime Minister Vajpayee was particularly keen that I should convey to you his gratitude and thanks for the conversation you had with him in recent days," Sinha told Putin.