Russia honours Modi with Order of St Andrew for promoting bilateral ties

Russia has honoured Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Order of St Andrew the Apostle for his exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries.

The order is the highest and oldest state decoration of Russia and it is awarded to outstanding politicians and public figures within and outside Russia.

Among previous recipients of the honour are Chinese President Xi Jinping, first president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, and prominent Russians such as the last leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev and late author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Modi thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for conferring the prestigious award to him.

India-Russia ties run deep and Putin is a source of strength for their friendship, he added.

Earlier this month, the United Arab Emirates had honoured Modi with the prestigious Zayed Medal for his pivotal role in boosting bilateral strategic ties between the two countries.

In February this year, he received the Seoul Peace Prize from South Korea for his contribution to international cooperation and for fostering global economic growth.

In February last year, Palestine honoured him with the ‘Grand Collar of the State of Palestine’ for his contribution to promote relations between India and Palestine.

Late last year, the UN bestowed him with ‘Champion of the Earth’ award for his leadership in promotion of solar energy.

In April 2016, he was conferred Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honour, the King Abdulaziz Sash.

The same year later, Afghanistan conferred him with Amir Amanullah Khan Award, the country’s highest civilian honour.