Relations at a Glance

India and Russia – Relations at a Glance

Establishment of Relations 1947
Brief History  Russia has been a longstanding and time-tested partner for India. Development of India-Russia relations has been a key pillar of India’s foreign policy. Since the signing of “Declaration on the India-Russia Strategic Partnership” in October 2000 (during the visit of Russian President H.E. Mr. Vladimir Putin to India), India-Russia ties have acquired a qualitatively new character with enhanced levels of cooperation in almost all areas of the bilateral relationship including political, security, trade and economy, defence, science and technology, and culture. Under the Strategic Partnership, several institutionalized dialogue mechanisms operate at both political and official levels to ensure regular interaction and follow up on cooperation activities. During the visit of the Russian President to India in December 2010, the Strategic Partnership was elevated to the level of a “Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership.”
Key Visits to Russia (President, VP, PM) Prime Minister’s Visits:


21st May 2018

31st May – 2nd June 2017

23rd – 24th December 2015

8th – 10th July 2015

Presidential Visits to Russia:

7th to 11th May – 2015

Key Visits to India President’s Visits:


4th to 5th October 2018

15th to 16th October 2016

10th to 11th December 2014

Deputy PM’s Visits:

·         9th May 2017

·         15th – 18th March 2017

Main Treaties and Agreements and Dialogues    Total Number since 2014 – 9
MOUs   Total Number since 2014 – 6
Bilateral Trade – Last Three years Total Trade:


1.2017-18: 10,686.85 USD Million

India Trade Deficit: -6,460.07USD Million

2.2016-17: 7,489.36 USD Million

India Trade Deficit: -3,615.24 USD Million

3.2015-16: 6,172.79 USD Million

India Trade Deficit:  -2,997.17 USD Million

Major Exports (2017-18):

1.    Pharmaceuticals

2.    Nuclear Reactors, Boilers etc.

3.   Organic Chemicals

4.     Coffee and Tea

5.   Fish

Major Imports (2017-18):

1.     Precious stones

2.    Mineral Fuels

3.     Paper and Paper Products

4.     Works of Art

5.   Iron and Steel

Key Officials

Minister of External Affairs India – Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

Minister of State for External Affairs India –Shri V. Muraleedharan

Foreign Secretary India – Vijay Keshav Gokhale

Foreign Minister Russia – Sergei Lavrov

Ambassador– India to Russia – D.B. Venkatesh Varma

Ambassador – Russia to India – Nikolay Rishatovich Kudashev



  1. Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
  2. Ministry of Commerce, Government of India.