Vladimir Putin met with President of India Ram Nath Kovind.
President of India Ram Nath Kovind (in Russian): Welcome to India.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin (in English): Thank you so much.
Ram Nath Kovind (retranslated): It is a great honour for us to have you here.
Warm and friendly Russian-Indian relations are making steady headway. I am glad that the 19th annual bilateral summit was a success.
The past year was productive for our bilateral ties and we have achieved tangible progress.
We highly value your personal contribution to the development of a specially privileged strategic partnership. For our part, we are also committed to the consolidation of our bilateral ties.
I would like to congratulate you on the organisation of the FIFA World Cup. Your team played very well. Many Indians visited Russia to watch the football matches.
Vladimir Putin: Mr President,
First of all, I would like to thank you for the invitation and extend my belated greetings on your birthday, October 1, as far as I remember. I would like to wish you success in the high government position and good health.
Our specially privileged strategic partnership is indeed rooted in our historical friendship and the firm foundation of relations between our nations over many decades. Owing to bilateral efforts, these relations are steadily developing today, too. This applies to the economy, to political cooperation, defence relations, to efforts to enhance defence capability, humanitarian issues and human interaction.