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India Participates in Victory Parade in Russia; Big Deals Signed between Russia-China
May 12, 2015

On 9th May Russia staged a grand military parade in Moscow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its victory over Nazi Germany in the presence of several world leaders, including Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, even as western powers boycotted the event due to a stand-off over Ukraine.

  • Nearly 10,000 soldiers, including an Indian Army contingent and China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), took part in the parade at the iconic Red Square which lasted for over 90 minutes.

  • Russia used the event as a way to showcase Russia's military prowess including their formidable T-14 Armata tanks.

  • Many world leaders boycotted the event because of Russia's continued role in the Ukraine crisis. The US, Australia, Canada and most of the EU heads of state snubbed the celebrations.

  • Those who attended the ceremony were Raul Castro of Cuba, Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the leader of Egypt while Winston Churchill's grandson Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Soames, represented the Prime Minister and UN Secretary general Ban-ki-Moon.

  • The guest of honour was president of China, Xi Jinping whose attendance is a nod to the growing ties between the two nations in the face of EU and US sanctions on Moscow.

  • After this ceremony Russia and China finalised infrastructure deals worth an approximate $6 billion.

  • Russia and China signed 32 agreements and MoUs including high-speed rail projects and the construction of a pipeline for Russian gas major Gazprom. 

The commemoration event has also seen the emergence of the RIC (Russia-India-China) bloc at a time the West has not only shunned this grand parade, but imposed major financial sanctions on Russia. These have led to a significant weakening of the Rouble, and restrictions on banks and oil companies have crippled Russia’s key export industries. At this time, the presence of Chinese and Indian Presidents has been appreciated in Russia as a strong signal of solidarity.


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