The Indo-Russian government commission on Military Technical Cooperation took place in Delhi on Wednesday. Speaking for India, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that one of the most important security challenges that India faces at the moment was that of cross-border terrorism. He appreciated Russia’s consistent and unwavering support towards India in its efforts to eliminate the “menace”. He said that cross-border terrorism was a cause of the presence of armed extremists on the other side of the border.
He further stated that both Russia and India have recognised that terrorism cannot be defeated with double standards. He said that there was a need for zero tolerance and collective efforts to combat terrorism. Parrikar also signed the agreement for further military-technological; cooperation with Russia. Meanwhile, the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the employment of double or triple standards was absolutely unacceptable.
Shoigu said that it was impossible for a terrorist to change within any period of time. He said that it could not be believed that someone who was a terrorist on Monday could transform himself into a moderate opposition. He went on to say that the consolidation of all reasonable efforts is what it would take to fight terrorism in the 21st century.