Russian President Vladimir Putin has condoled the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, describing him as an outstanding scientist and a wise statesman.
Putin said, "It is difficult to overestimate his personal contribution to social, economic, scientific and technical progress of India and in ensuring its national security."
He added that, Dr. Kalam will be remembered as a "consistent exponent of closer friendly relations between our nations who has done a lot for cementing mutually beneficial Russian-Indian cooperation."
"May I request you to convey the words of sincere sympathy and support to the near and dear ones of the deceased leader, to the government and entire people of India," said the Russian President.