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

Dec 24, 2015

Ahead of the talks officials declined to discuss possible defence deals expected to be signed in Moscow, although media reported the two countries would be discussing some $7 billion worth of contracts on Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday visited Russia’s National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC), also known as EMERCOM, in Moscow and was given a rundown on how its works. “We are developing parliamentary ties and our Intergovernmental Commission is working actively”, said President Putin. These are matters of grave national sensitivities and we believe particularly that when the Prime Minister overseas represents the whole nation, these sensitivities must always be respected, party spokesperson and former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar said at the Congress briefing.

Jaishankar said Modi’s talks in Moscow will also include nuclear cooperation.

Russian Federation has built a nuclear reactor at India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant and is now completing a second unit there.

“The agreement today will increase Indian manufacturing content in these reactors”.

Asserting that India is making attempts to resolve these problems, he said, “results in this direction are now showing up”. “The page contains Gandhiji’s handwritten notes”, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

The Prime Minister was given an overview of the actual functioning and real-time monitoring operations of the Centre. PM Modi’s “Selfie With Daughter” campaign on Twitter to promote rights of the girl child was one of the most popular hashtags on the microblogging site. I remember we made important decisions then. These would boost defence manufacturing in India and India’s defence readiness with next generation equipment.

We have laid the foundation of the future character of this strategic partnership.

“Our relation with Russian Federation is unique, covering nearly every field of human endeavour”, said Modi before leaving for Moscow.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday received a red carpet welcome on his first bilateral visit to Russian Federation.

In this context, they welcomed the agreement reached on liberalization of the travel regime for the businessmen of both the countries and called for its effective implementation. The two sides continued their deliberations over lunch at the Kremlin.

With one of the world’s largest reserves of hydrocarbons, Russian Federation can be a critical source of energy security for India, especially because of our strategic partnership. “PM Narendra Modi & President Putin begin the 16th Annual Summit with a restricted meeting”, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders at the Kremlin. “President Putin hosts a private tete-a-tete for PM”.

Russian Federation has for years been a key military supplier for Delhi although the United States last year surpassed it as India’s leading defence partner, and trade volume also fell, amounting to just $9.5 billion in 2014. Putin blamed the decline on a drop in global oil prices, Russia’s main export commodity, and said the two countries should develop closer industrial cooperation.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is welcomed in Moscow during a ceremony held upon his arrival at the airport


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