Russia has said that it will never take any step detrimental to the security and safety of India, its special strategic partner. Russian Embassy in New Delhi issued a statement in the backdrop of a report that said Russia and Pakistan were in talks on the delivery of Russian multi-role Mi-35M attack helicopters and the latest Sukhoi-35 fighter jets.
The statement said that time and again, the Russian leaders have stated at the highest level that Russia will never take any steps detrimental to the security and safety of its special and privileged strategic partner - India, or the security structure in the South Asian region, or any other region for that matter.
The statement further says this assurance is fully valid today as it was valid yesterday. This is the guideline of Russian President's foreign policy concept.
As regards the newspaper report from Nizhni Tagil, it is a sheer case of overstatement by the agency, on the one hand, and of overreaction by a section of the Indian media, - on the other, it added.