Russia Encouraging Provinces to Develop Ties with India

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  • In a bid to take ties with India beyond the defence sector, Russia is giving more freedom to its Provinces to engage with Indian States directly.
  • Vladimir Mazov, Minister of Economic Affairs of Mordovia told, “Provinces have been given free hand to deal with India in the fields of agriculture, health, education, cultural cooperation.
  • There is growing competition among Provinces like Astrakhan, Mordovia, and Bashkortostan to take advantage of the positive trend in India-Russia ties”.