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Russia’s Putin hosts Indian PM for talks on defense, energy

Russia and India continue actively promoting strategic partnership and coordinating political and economic activities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after signing multiple MoUs with Russian President Vladimir Putin on various issues, addressed the Indian community at “Friends of India” organised by the Indian community in Expocentre in Moscow on Thursday.

Worth mentioning, PM Modi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday and got a grand welcome for a two-day visit.

In his pre-departure statement, PM Modi said trade ties between India and Russian Federation can increase even further, to benefit not only the two nations but also the world. I had the privilege and the opportunity to welcome you in India a year ago, when you visited us.

Ways to expand economic cooperation between the two countries were also explored in the meeting with both countries aiming to take the current bilateral annual trade of $10 billion to $30 billion in the next 10 years.

Mr. Putin hosted Mr. Modi for a tete-e-tete at the Kremlin yesterday evening, when he presented to him a page from the diary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Modi told Putin that he has always had great respect and appreciation for the bilateral strategic partnership which “has been a source of strength and success for India in defence, development and diplomacy”.

Tomorrow, the Prime Minister will begin by visiting a disaster management centre in Moscow, before laying a wreath at a memorial to the Unknown Soldier – Russia’s tribute to its World War II briefings.

The two sides welcomed the finalisation of programme for action for localisation between RosAtom of Russian Federation and the Department of Atomic Energy of India. The Prime Minister also said that Russian Federation had a huge scope of being a part of the Make in India campaign.

They could also announce the location of a new Russian nuclear energy plant in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, an extension of the Russian nuclear plant under construction in Kudankulam where one reactor is already in operation. He recalled that Moscow had “strongly supported India’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and that the two countries were actively cooperating within the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), where India will take the rotating presidency in February 2016”.

Ahead of Thursday’s talks, Modi laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located by the Kremlin wall in the Alexandrovsky Garden.

Following the talks, officials from both countries signed a slew of agreements on manufacturing helicopters, prospective joint exploration of Russian oil resources, simplifying visas for businessmen and other issues.

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