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From Russia with love: PM Modi gets Order of St Andrew the Apostle

Russia awards such a statesman with the Order of St Andrew the Apostle who takes bilateral ties of his/her country with the host to an exceptional level

Moscow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Thursday named for the Order of St Andrew the Apostle award by Russia for exceptional services in promoting bilateral ties between the two countries, a Russian embassy official said.

The Order of St Andrew the Apostle is the highest state decoration of Russia, the official said.

Modi has been conferred with the award for exceptional services in promoting the special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India, the official said.

The Indian Embassy in Moscow, Russia, made this announcement on Twitter, saying, “President Putin signs the decree to award the Prime Minister of India the highest civilian award of the Russian Federation -“Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle”.

The photograph seen in the tweet, showing Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shaking hands is from the archives. The prime minister is in India, campaigning for his party, the BJP, for the Lok Sabha election of 2019.

The prime minister thanked the Russian president with these words on social media: “Honoured to receive the prestigious Order of St Andrew. I thank President Putin and the people of Russia.

Foundations of India-Russia friendship are deep & the future of our partnership is bright.

Extensive cooperation between our nations has led to extraordinary outcomes for our citizens.”

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