Russian President Vladimir Putin heaped praise on Indians on Friday, calling them “talented” and “motivated”. India has great potential, no doubt that it will achieve excellent results in terms of development, according to the Reuters translation of Putin’s speech on Friday.
On the occasion of Russian Unity Day on November 4, the Russian President praised India as having great potential. “India will achieve excellent results in terms of its development – there is no doubt – and almost a billion and a half people: this is potential,” he said, according to Putin’s translated speech, originally given in Russian.
“Let’s look at India: a talented, very ambitious people with such a drive for internal development. It (India) will certainly achieve excellent results. India will achieve excellent results in terms of its development. There is no doubt. And almost a – one and a half billion people. That’s potential,” Putin said.
The Russian President spoke about colonialism in Africa, the potential of India and that Russia has a “unique civilization and culture”. Putin said that Western empires robbed Africa during a speech on Russian and global history.
“The prosperity achieved by former colonial powers is largely based on the robbery of Africa. Everyone knows that. Yes, indeed, and researchers in Europe do not hide the fact that it was built in large part on the grief and suffering of the African peoples – I am not entirely saying no – but in large part on the prosperity of the colonial powers ( was constructed in this way) This is an obvious fact . Robbery, slave trade — of course,” Putin said.
Putin said Russia is a “multinational state” and a “multi-sectarian state” that has a “unique civilization and culture.” However, he also said that the country is a significant part of European culture and linked to the continent through religion, according to the Reuters translation.
He said: “Russia is in a significant way part of this culture (of European powers) based on Christianity,” but added that “Russia emerged as a united great power of the world … by becoming a great power as a great multi-ethnic state and also.” a multi-denominational. And therein lies its uniqueness. It really is a unique civilization and a unique culture.”
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