India would welcome Russian companies to collaborate with private firms in Indian space sector to build upon the existing decades-old cooperation and research for Covid-19 vaccine in both India and Russia would usher in the opportunity for collaboration, according to Indian envoy to Moscow D.B. Venkatesh Varma.
“…we would very much welcome Russian companies to participate in the opportunities in the Space sector in India, including, private sector companies to form joint ventures with the Indian partners and take this cooperation forward,” Varma told Russian RBC TV channel.
“Today, there are four astronauts called Gagan-nauts who are being trained in Russia, who will be travelling into space in the coming two years and that too, on an Indian spacecraft. So, this is yet another area of cooperation. I had the opportunity to meet them recently and they are full of praise and admiration for the support, professionalism and the friendship that they received at the Roscosmos and from their Russian friends,” Varma said in an interview coinciding with the Indian Independence Day.
“There is a lot of potential for Russian and Indian entrepreneurs to come together in digital and IT technologies. We are very appreciative of the great success that Russian companies have achieved. For example, Yandex or Kaspersky, there are several other examples of Russia doing extremely well in this area. So between Russian talent, Indian talent, and the Indian market, there is a lot that India and Russia can do together,” he said with reference to prospective collaboration in the IT sector.