President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin send his congratulationsto President of the Republic of India Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen AbdulKalam on the occasion of India's national Independence Day. In particular,Putin stressed that "friendship and collaboration have been existingbetween Russia and India for more that 50 years." "Our countries havecommon national interests as well as adherence to peace and democracy.""Russia and India are accumulating their interaction in bilateral andglobal affairs, make an important contribution to maintaining andstrengthening international stability. Being strategic partners, ourcountries are able to do a lot to make the modern world more fair andsafer," the Russian President remarked. .
According to a source in the Russian Defence Ministry, Russia started deploying elite commando units in eastern Libya. Russian GRU officers, mercenaries and advisors have arrived in Libya