India, Russia business ties have common goals: Sushma

Raj Kamal Rao

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj participated at the historic launch of Russia Desk, Eastern Economic Forum 2017 at Vladivostok in Russia on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj with Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia at the launch of Russia Desk

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj with Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia at the launch of Russia Desk

The Minister held a bilateral meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and discussed ways to take the economic ties forward.

“The business dialogue between the two nations should exist to identify areas of common interest and potential with focus on mutual strengths and complementarily,” Swaraj said while speaking on the occasion in Russian port city Vladivostok.

This year’s Eastern Economic Forum was held to present better conditions for doing business in the country’s Far East in a bid to attract more foreign investment.

Addressing the launch, Sushma said that there is a need for enhancing trade, commerce and investment with the Russian Far East to achieve the target of 30 billion U.S. dollars by the year 2025.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj participated at the historic launch of Russia Desk, Eastern Economic Forum 2017 at Vladivostok in Russia on Wednesday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj participated at the historic launch of Russia Desk, Eastern Economic Forum 2017 at Vladivostok in Russia on Wednesday.

Earlier Swaraj said that India-Russia ties are rock solid and will move forward.

“The relationship between India and Russia is such that every Russian citizen has valued ties with India and I want to take that deep relationship forward,” Sushma said.

During her Russia visit, Swaraj held talks with the Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Sergei Donskoi, and said that dialogue should aim to bridge knowledge gap between businesses of both countries.