PM Modi holds talks with President Putin in Russia

RSTV Bureau

Modi hugs PutinPrime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held wide-ranging talks on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interests, including ways to boost energy and trade ties.

At the beginning of their restricted meeting, Modi told Putin he was happy to be able to visit his hometown as Prime Minister. This is for the first time Indo-Russia summit in Russia was happening outside Moscow in St Petersburg.

“Normally, international relations see ups and downs but history is witness Indo-Russia relations have not seen any ups and downs,” the prime minister said and thanked the Russian president for playing crucial role in getting India Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) membership.

Putin said India will become a full-fledged member of the SCO in a week.

Modi mentioned to Putin about his visit to the cemetery this morning where he paid homage to the victims of the World War II. “You are a leader whose family has given sacrifices.

Your brother was martyred,” Modi told Putin.

Putin’s brother was killed 70 years ago in the siege of Leningrad during the World War II.

He thanked Modi for visiting the war memorial, saying such places have special place in Russian people’s heart.

The two sides are expected to ink a deal to build the last two units of India’s largest nuclear power plant in Kudankulam. The deal is  likely to be the focus of the Indo-Russian summit. The two units of the plant, with capacity to produce 1,000 MW of electricity each, will give a significant boost to India’s nuclear power generation.

Both sides are also likely to sign 12 agreements in wide-ranging sectors, including in science and technology, railways, cultural exchanges and other business areas between private parties. Both countries will also release a “vision statement” to enhance ties.

(With inputs from PTI)