New Delhi, Apr 12 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for conferring the prestigious Russian highest civilian award to him and said Mr Putin remains "a source of great strength for the India-Russia friendship".
"President Putin remains a source of great strength for the India-Russia friendship. Under his visionary leadership, bilateral and multilateral cooperation between our nations has scaled new heights," Mr Modi wrote in a tweet.
He added: “Honoured to receive this prestigious award. I thank President Putin and the people of Russia. Foundations of India-Russia friendship are deep & the future of our partnership is bright. Extensive cooperation between our nations has led to extraordinary outcomes for our citizens.”
Earlier in the day, Russia announced conferring of its highest civilian award 'Order of Saint Andrew The Apostle' on Mr Modi.
A decree from the Putin's office said the prestigious award has been given to Mr Modi for "distinguished achievement in development of the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between Russian Federation and the Republic of India".
This is the third such high ranking international award conferred to Prime Minister after South Korea and earlier this month the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced awarding its highest civilian award 'Order of Zayed' on the Prime Minister.
In October last year, Mr Modi was honoured with Seoul Peace Prize by South Korea. (UNI)