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Vladimir Putin turns 68; Russia Tests Hypersonic Cruise Missile on the occasion

On the occasion of Vladimir Putin's 68th birthday, Russia successfully tested a Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile in the Barents Sea, according to a senior Russian commander.

Valery Gerasimov, chief of the army's general staff, told Putin via video conference that the test strike was carried out from the Admiral Gorshkov vessel in the White Sea.

Putin has stated that Russia will increase its military presence in the Arctic. Putin has stated that Russia will increase its military presence in the Arctic.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished his "friend," Russian President Vladimir Putin, a happy 68th birthday. Both leaders spoke over the phone about the challenges they face, including the Covid-19 pandemic. They also agreed to keep in touch over the next few days.

“Spoke to my friend President Vladimir Putin to greet him on his birthday today. Appreciated his immense personal contribution to strengthening the special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia,” said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in an official statement.“In the phone call, both leaders agreed to remain in touch over the coming days, including on the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic,” it also said.

According to the statement, PM Modi also expressed a desire to welcome President Putin to India as soon as the public health situation improves. On the international stage, India and Russia have long been allies. Since PM Modi's election, both leaders have kept in touch and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties.

Both leaders met in June of this year to discuss a strategy for addressing the challenges of the post-Covid world. They also talked about ways to strengthen Indo-Russian ties.

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