New Delhi: The Russian ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, died here on Thursday, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said. He was 68.
 
“RIP Ambassador Alexander Kadakin,” ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
 
 
“In Kadakin, we lost a valued friend who nurtured India-Russia relationship for many decades as a distinguished Russian diplomat,” Swarup said. 
 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “deeply saddened” by the death.
 
“Deeply saddened,” Modi tweeted. “He was an admirable diplomat, a great friend of India and a fluent Hindi speaker who tirelessly contributed to stronger India-Russia ties.”
 

 
Kadakin was the Russian ambassador to India since 2009.
 

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