On 20 October 2015, we celebrated the 21st session of the Intergovernmental Russian-Indian Committee on cooperation in trade, economy, science, technology, and culture.
The Inter-Governmental Commission on Technical and Economic Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC) is a standing body responsible for maintaining economic relations between the two countries. The committee coordinates various areas of cooperation through specialised working groups in commercial and economic relations, priority investment, modernisation and industrial partnerships (with subgroups for civil aviation, deposit exploration, fertiliser manufacturing and modernisation), disputes, energy and energy efficiency, science and technology, communications and IT, tourism and culture, as well as subgroups for banking and finance, preserving tiger and leopard populations, etc.
Relations with Russia are among India's top foreign affairs priorities. India considers Russia a tested, long-standing partner. Since the "Declaration of Strategic Partnership between Russia and India" was signed in October 2000 (during President Vladimir Putin's visit to India), relations between the countries have reached a new level thanks to improved cooperation in almost every area, including politics, national security, trade and economy, defense, science and technology, and culture.