Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be conferred the “Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle”, the highest civilian award of the Russian Federation, the Embassey of the Russian Federation informed.

Russian President Vladimer Putin has signed the decree to award the Indian Prime Minister.

The PM has been decorated with the “Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle” for exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India and friendly relations between the Russian and the Indian people.

The “Order of St. Andrew the Apostle” is used to award prominent statesmen and public figures, eminent representatives of science, culture, the arts and various industries for exceptional services, for promoting the prosperity, grandeur and glory of Russia.

The Order may also be awarded to foreign heads of states for outstanding service to the Russian Federation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev are the other recipients of the award besides several artists and military personnel.

This comes a week after United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that it will honour PM Modi with the Zayed Medal, its highest civilian award.

Announcing the award, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Shaikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that the award is being given to his “dear friend” PM Modi in appreciation for his efforts that led to a big boost in the historical ties between India and the UAE.