Vice Premier of the Russian Federation and Co-Chairman of Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Technical and Cultural Cooperation Sergei Sobyanin decorated several prominent Indian personalities with Russian state awards during the solemn ceremony which took place in the Embassy of the Russian Federation in New Delhi on November 10, 2009. Sergei Sobyanin headed the official Russian governmental delegation to India to discuss the modalities of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh forthcoming visit to Moscow in December this year.
Among the recipients of Friendship Order for development and strengthening friendly ties and cooperation between Russia and India were co-chairman of “Sun”group of companies Mr. Nand Lal Khemka, president of Unity International Foundation Dr. Bhishma Narain Singh and chairman of Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister, co-chairman, Indo-Russian ILTP Joint Council Mr. Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao.
Vice Premier personally decorated with Pushkin Medal six recipients. Among them there were president of Roerichs’Art Club Mrs Surjit Akre, secretary-general of Unity International Foundation Mr Ravindra Nath Anil, chairman of the Indo-Russian Council for Child Development Mr Shiv Prasad Govil, lecturer in Russian language of Russian Centre of Science & Culture Dr Girish Munjal, senior lecturer in Russian language of Delhi University Dr Ranjana Saxena and general secretary of India- Russia Friendship Society Dr Raja Bahadur Singh.
Addressing the gathering H.E.Mr Sergey Sobyanin pointed out that good will and openness of Indian people, the way they take care about the development of our cooperation and friendship are highly appreciated in Russia.
After expressing gratitude to the Indian citizens for their contribution to the development of political dialogue, business relations and people-to-people contacts Vice Premier outlined new tasks and perspectives for the future. H.E. Mr Sergey Sobyanin emphasized in particular, that the new quality of the Russian-Indian strategic partnership was required. Its development and improvement, as he stressed, are among indisputable priorities of the Russian foreign policy.