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  • 30 August, 2021

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Reciprocal Exchange of Logistics Agreement (RELOS) with Russia

Reciprocal Exchange of Logistics Agreement (RELOS) with Russia

  • India and Russia are expecting to conclude the bilateral logistics agreement, Reciprocal Exchange of Logistics Agreement (RELOS), and a Navy-to-Navy cooperation memorandum of understanding (MoU). The two sides are also looking at expanding cooperation in Central Asia and the possibility of supplementing bilateral exercises with trilateral and multilateral ones, Indian Envoy in Russia D.B. Venkatesh Varma said.
  • It will simplify interoperability and enable military platforms to receive support and supplies across bases in both nations.
  • It is also known as Agreement on Reciprocal Logistics Support (ARLS).
  • It is an arrangement that will allow access to India and Russia, to each other’s military facilities for supplies and fuel, expanding the logistics support and operational turnaround of the Indian military.
  • On the deal for S-400 air defence systems, the envoy, in an exclusive interview to The Hindu, said: “There are specific defence and national security considerations that led India to conclude the contract for the supply of S-400 systems. All I can say is that this contract will be implemented. We will do what we have to do and necessary for India to preserve and protect its national security interests.”
  • Both countries are also scheduled to hold the maiden 2+2 ministerial dialogue https://www.aspireias.com/daily-news-analysis-current-affairs/India-Russia-Agree-to-Hold-22-Dialogue during the visit of Gen. Shoigu. At the summit meeting, he said that dates were yet to be fixed, but was expected to take place towards the end of this year subject to the COVID situation.
  • Mr. Varma said that both sides were also looking at how they could cooperate in using India as a production base for exporting to third countries of Russian-origin equipment and services and would add to the Make in India programme. “Russia will remain a key defence partner for India for decades to come,” he said.
  • Mr. Varma, who will be retiring in two months, described the transformation in the India-Russia relationship in the last two years as a “quiet revolution.”

Benefits and mutual significance:

  • This will be beneficial for the Indian Navy, which has a large number of Russian-origin ships, that will get access to Russian ports for supplies and refuelling. It would be crucial for joint exercises.
  • The air force too will benefit by finding it easier to deploy aircraft for the same purpose.
  • This access will also be for ports in the Russian part of the Arctic, allowing access to energy resources there.
  • Russia, on the other hand, will be able to access Indian ports and air bases.
  • Russia has also assured India access to energy resources in the vast Arctic region.

Source: TH

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