PM Narendra Modi Receives Russia's Highest Civilian Honor

Honored for Strengthening India-Russia Ties

PM Narendra Modi Receives Russia's Highest Civilian Honor

New Delhi – Prime Minister Narendra Modi was awarded the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle the First-Called, the most prestigious civilian honor of the Russian Federation, by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. This honor, announced in 2019, recognizes Modi's efforts in strengthening India-Russia relations.

Expressing gratitude, Modi emphasized that the award is an honor for 140 crore Indians and a testament to the deep friendship and mutual trust between India and Russia. He highlighted the importance of India-Russia relations in the current global context, emphasizing their shared commitment to global stability and peace.

Modi acknowledged President Putin's role in enhancing bilateral ties over the past two and a half decades, noting that the strategic relationship between the two countries has reached new heights under his leadership. Modi pledged continued cooperation to further strengthen these ties.

President Putin lauded Modi for his persistent efforts to improve India-Russia relations, from his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat to his decade-long service as Prime Minister. Putin noted Modi's initiatives to foster connections between Gujarat and Russian territories, and his dedication to elevating the bilateral relationship to a privileged strategic partnership.

On the international stage, both nations are committed to defending multipolarity and collaborating within BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle honors individuals who significantly contribute to enhancing relations between Russia and other countries. Modi's recognition is attributed to his efforts in promoting economic, energy, and defense cooperation between India and Russia.