PM Modi conferred with Russia's highest civilian honor – 'Order of St Andrew the Apostle' by Vladimir Putin

PM Modi conferred with Russia's highest civilian honor – 'Order of St Andrew the Apostle' by Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was awarded the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle — Russia's highest civilian honor — by President Vladimir Putin at a special ceremony at the Kremlin on Tuesday.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is conferred with the highest civilian award of the Russian Federation, the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, by Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, in Moscow, Russia. (PTI photo)

Modi's visit to Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday conferred the 'Order of St. Andrew the Apostle'- Russia's highest civilian honour, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his contribution in enhancing bilateral ties between the two nations.

The prestigious award announced to Modi in 2019 was presented to the Indian Prime Minister by President Putin at a special ceremony at St Andrew's Hall in the Kremlin. Modi is the first Indian leader to be awarded Russia's highest civilian honour, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle.

The award was established in 1698 by Tsar Peter the Great in honor of Saint Andrew, the first apostle of Jesus and the patron saint of Russia.

Accepting the award, Prime Minister Modi dedicated it to the people of India and to the traditional bonds of friendship between India and Russia. He further said that this recognition highlights the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries, a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said.

“I am deeply grateful to you for conferring on me the highest civilian honor of Russia. This honor is not only mine but the honor of 140 crore Indians. It is a tribute to the centuries-old and deep friendship and mutual trust between India and Russia,” Modi said after accepting the award.

The Prime Minister also appreciated the leadership of President Putin, under which India-Russia relations have strengthened in all directions and reached new heights.

“The foundation you laid for the strategic relationship between the two nations has grown stronger with the passage of time. Our mutual cooperation based on people-to-partnership is becoming the hope and guarantee of a better future for our people,” he added.

Later in a post on X, Modi said, “Honored to receive the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle. I dedicate it to the people of India.”

Earlier, President Putin congratulated Modi for the highest Russian award and wished him good health, success and all the best.

(with PTI input)




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