Conciliatory relations between the USSR and India were built up even before India authoritatively broadcasted freedom, and precisely one year after Winston Churchill's famous Iron Curtain discourse in Fulton began the Cold War. The worldwide standoff between two camps decided the idea of worldwide approach for quite a few years, including the particularities of Soviet-Indian relations. India, which ended up noticeably one of the originators and the perceived pioneer of the Non-Aligned Movement, was dependably observed as a dedicated partner in the battle against world dominion. What's more, the USSR, which had difficult issues with its relations with China in the 70s, was seen in India as a power that could contain Peking's expansionist desire, and subsequently turned into a characteristic partner.
The strong diplomatic relationship between India and Russia is based on five pillars:
- Similar political and strategic perceptions of the world
- Intensive military-technical cooperation
- Strong economic bonds
- Deep ties in science and technology
- People-to-people and cultural links
Conventionally, the Indo-Russian strategic bond has been built on five major constituents:
- Civil nuclear energy
- Anti-terrorism co-operation
These five major components were highlighted in a speech given by former Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai in Russia. However, in recent years a sixth component, economy, has grown tremendously, thus giving good opportunities to the citizens of both the countries. To strengthen this bond, both countries are looking forward to developing a free trade agreement. Bilateral trade between both countries in 2012 grew by over 24%.
India and Russia faithfully team up on issues of shared national scheming incorporating at the UN, BRICS, G20 and SCO where India has onlooker status and has been requested by Russia to turn into a full member. Russia additionally firmly bolsters India getting a changeless seat on the United Nations Security Council. What's more, Russia has vocally supported India joining the NSG and APEC. Additionally, it has likewise communicated enthusiasm for joining SAARC with onlooker status in which India is a founding member.