Ahead of the 4th BRICS Summit, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday said the five-nation group has now become a "global entity" and should consolidate its efforts on global issues.
Medvedev, while delivering his acceptance speech after he was honoured with Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) by Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, called India a "serious partner" in international affairs.
The Russian President pitched for more collaboration between the two countries in the field of science and technology.
47-year-old Medvedev was conferred the honour by JNU Vice-Chancellor Sudhir K Sopory in the presence of HRD minister Kapil Sibal for his contributions to Indo-Russian friendship and several other achievements.
The conferment of honorary doctorate also coincided with the celebrations to mark 65th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between New Delhi and Moscow.
In his 10-minute speech, the Russian president praised late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, saying he never looked for experiences outside and was always concerned about the development of modern India.
India and Russia are examples of "good neighbourly" and "absolutely friendly" relationship, he said. Both countries have developed a common approach on very complex situations, including critical ones.
Medvedev, who is here primarily to attend the BRICS Summit, used the platform to nudge BRIC countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- to consolidate their efforts at global forums.
"BRICS is relatively a young entity. With the inclusion of South Africa, it has now become a global entity. We have large states united (in this group) and we have substantial share of the world's GDP. At international forums, we can consolidate our efforts and coordinate (more)," he said.
"People do listen to us," he told the gathering.
Contending that there is some amount of "proximity" in the foreign policy of both countries, Medvedev said "our countries have been tested for duress".
The Russian President also stressed the need for working together on security challenges.