Modi returns home, calls his talks with Putin ‘extremely productive’

RSTV Bureau
Sochi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, at Sochi, Russia, May 21, 2018. PTI

Sochi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, at Sochi, Russia, May 21, 2018.
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Prime Minister Modi returned home after concluding his fruitful visit to Russia where he held a nine hour informal summit with President Vladimir Putin on Monday. Modi called the visit extremely productive where the discussions were held on complete range of India-Russia relations as well as other global subjects.

The meetings ranged from one-on-ones, to delegation level talks, from a ride on a yacht to a visit to an educational centre in the Russian city of Sochi.

“Farewell, my friend! In a special gesture symbolising our friendship, Russian President #Putin personally bid farewell to PM @narendramodi at the airport at the conclusion of PM’s short but successful visit to Russia,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
On Monday, the two leaders earlier held a nine-hour informal summit in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi. After the talks PM Modi recalled the historic relations between the two countries and added there was a new dimension to strengthening ties between the two countries now.

“I am grateful to President Putin who invited me for an informal meeting and hence, in the long friendship of ours, this is a new aspect that has been attached to our relationship,” Prime Minister Modi said after the summit.

“You have added a new aspect of informal summit in the bilateral relationship which I think is a great occasion and creates trust,” he added.

The first session of the informal summit also saw the presence of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale Indian Ambassador in Russia Pankaj Saran and Joint Secretary in PMO Gopal Baglay.

Modi also recalled that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee gave a strategic impetus to the relationship between the two countries. He said both countries successfully transited to a special privileged strategic partnership since then.

“Starting from the year 2000 when you took office, our relation has been historic…,” Modi said, adding “We are working together on International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and BRICS”.

Sochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, at Sochi, in Russia, May 21, 2018. PTI

Sochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Russian President Vladimir Putin, at Sochi, in Russia, May 21, 2018.
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Russian president Vladimir Putin thanked Modi for accepting his invitation to come to Sochi and said the visit would give “fresh impetus” to the bilateral ties.

Mentioning that the trade between the two countries is increasing fast, he said both countries are supporting one another on international fora. President Putin also noted the military-to-military cooperation that exists between the two countries.

“Our defense ministries maintain very close contacts and cooperation. It speaks about a very high strategic level of our partnership,” Putin said.

He also hailed joint activities of the two countries in the area of foreign politics, in particular within the United Nations, BRICS and the SCO.

The two leaders deliberated in detail on issues of mutual, regional and global importance. The two also agreed to institute a Strategic Economic Dialogue between NITI Aayog of India and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, to identify greater synergy in trade and investment.

The two leaders also reiterated the significance of long-standing partnership in the military, security and nuclear energy fields. Modi and Putin expressed concern over terrorism and radicalisation, and their determination to combat terrorism in all its forms.

(With inputs from PTI)