PM Modi receives Russia’s highest civilian honour, Order of St Andrew the Apostle

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was officially awarded the ‘Order of St. Andrew the Apostle’ by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to enhancing bilateral relations between India and Russia.

The Order was established in 1698 by Tsar Peter the Great, in honour of Saint Andrew, the first apostle of Jesus, and patron saint of Russia.

It was bestowed in a single class and was only awarded for the most outstanding civilian or military merit.

After receiving the order, the office of Russian president ensures the creation of a portrait of the recipient. These portraits are displayed at the State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, commemorating their achievements.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised Ukraine war issue during his summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.

In an indirect reference to Ukraine war, he said that the conflict cannot be resolved through military means and that peace negotiations cannot progress amidst violence and warfare.

In televised remarks from the Kremlin, Modi expressed deep concern over the tragic loss of innocent lives, including children in Russia-Ukraine war.

“For a bright future of the new generation, peace is most essential. A solution is not possible on the battlefield..Peace talks do not succeed amidst bombs, guns and bullets,” he said.