PM Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin; discusses issues of mutual interests

PM Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin; discusses issues of mutual interests

Addressing the media at a joint press conference, President Valdimir Putin announced that Russian Federation will build 20 more nuclear power plants in India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would boost ties with Moscow as he met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin's showcase economic forum in the Russian Far East yesterday. Prime Ministers @AbeShinzo and @narendramodi meet in Vladivostok.

Modi along with Putin will be addressing the 5th Eastern Economic Forum, wherein the former would be batting for more investment and business ventures.

Trade between the two countries amounted to approximately US$11 billion (S$15 billion) previous year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Vladivostok, Russia, on Thursday morning and had an in-depth discussion on a wide range of subjects.

Modi along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, this morning visited the Zvezda shipbuilding complex. Modi thanked Putin for inviting him to the EEF, saying it is "a matter of great respect".

The two men have known each other since 2001, and Modi pointed out in an interview with Russian state media ahead of the summit that he and Putin enjoy a special relationship.

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The Prime Minister also expressed his gratitude for being selected for the "Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle", the highest civilian award of the Russian Federation. "It's a matter of honour for the 1.3 billion Indians", he said.

The foreign secretary said both sides are expected to firm up a five-year roadmap 2019-2024 laying out possibilities of cooperation in oil and gas sector, in terms of exploration and exploitation, and purchase.

In the summit talks, the two leaders are expected to discuss a number of key regional issues, including the Afghan peace process and situation in the Gulf region. The vice premiers of China and North Korea will also be at the forum to discuss economic cooperation with Russian Federation.

The Eastern Economic Forum is an worldwide forum held each year in Vladivostok for the objective of encouraging foreign investment in the Russian Far East.

Modi, before leaving for Russia said that he was looking forward to discussing regional and global issues of mutual interest with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Both the leaders discussed strengthening bilateral relations in economic, defence and security fields and also bettering trade and cultural relations between the nations.

Speaking on India-Russia ties, PM Modi said "the power of India-Russia friendship has been leveraged for the mutual benefit of our citizens" adding that "this friendship was not restricted to their respective capital cities".

Russia and India are set to sign about 15 documents, including some in the military-technical sectors, within the framework of the 20th Russian-Indian summit that will take place on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), a Tass report said.

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