NEW DELHI, March 6 (BSS/PTI) India's Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh Tuesday congratulated his Russian counterpart Vladimir
Putin on his election as the President and said he looked forward
to working with him to strengthen further the close relations
between the two countries.
In a message to Putin, Singh wrote, "Your success in these
elections is an affirmation by the Russian people of your vision
of a strong, prosperous and democratic Russia."
Noting that India and Russia have enjoyed the strongest of
relations in recent years, he said New Delhi always recognised
Putin as a "special friend" of the country and deeply appreciated
the personal commitment and attention that he has brought to
nurturing the bilateral strategic partnership over the last 12
Putin, who was the President for two terms earlier, was
declared winner in the March 4 Presidential polls.
"It is a matter of great satisfaction that both our
countries share a common vision on a range of international
issues and that our partnership contributes substantially to
international peace and security.
As you prepare to assume your new responsibilities, I look
forward to working closely with Your Excellency to strengthen
further our strong and close relationship," Singh wrote.
He said he looked forward to welcoming Putin in India later
this year for the next India- Russia Summit.
Singh also called up Putin to congratulate him, the PMO
During the brief conversation, the two leaders reaffirmed
the special relationship between India and Russia, the PMO said
in a statement.