President Vladimir Putin:
Good afternoon, Mr Prime Minister, colleagues,
I would like to start by recalling my visit to your country in January this year, when you invited me to take part in the celebrations of your national holiday.
I hope that, despite the wintry Moscow weather, you will feel the warmth of our hearts, Mr Prime Minister, and the most warm and friendly feelings we have for your country.
Our relations go back a long way and are showing excellent development today.
We are very pleased to see you here in Moscow. I wish you welcome.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (as translated):
Your Excellency, our friendship with Russia has stood the test of time. Everyone in India recognises our friendship with your country. We all share the view that Russia is our great friend. You have made an immense personal contribution to strengthening our relations.
I want to say that your presence as the main guest during the Republic Day celebrations in India was a great honour for us and made the event all the more memorable. I would like to thank you for finding the time in your busy schedule to be with us during our celebrations.