Prime Minister Narendra Modi set out for his two-day visit to Russia early on Wednesday expressing confidence that his trip will deepen cooperation in the economic, energy and security spheres. PM Modi, who will be holding a summit-level talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, stressed that his trip will substantially take forward the already strong people-to-people ties with “one of India’s most valued friend”.
“Today I will commence my visit to Russia, my first bilateral visit after we formed the Government. I am very optimistic about the outcome of this visit,” Prime Minister Modi said in his pre-departure statement.
He further added that trade ties between India and Russia can increase even further, to benefit not only the two nations but also the world.
Speaking about his scheduled meeting with the Russian President, he said he will have extensive deliberations with President Vladimir Putin along with an interaction with Russian businesspersons to invite them to invest in India. He will also attend a ‘Friends of India’ programme.
“Am very optimistic about outcomes of my Russia visit. It will deepen economic and security ties with a valued friend,” he said before departing for Moscow, further emphasising, “Russia remains one of India’s most valued friends in the world”.
Prime Minister Modi also recalled that in 2001, when he had just assumed charge as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had accompanied then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Russia. “That was, perhaps, one of the first India-Russia annual Summits, a practice that goes on till date,” he said.
Following his landing in Russia late in the evening, PM Modi will be hosted by Vladimir Putin for dinner in Moscow.
“My visit will deepen the cooperation between India and Russia in the economic, energy and security spheres. We also want to increase cooperation in science and technology, mining among other sectors,” he said adding, “I am certain that this visit will substantially take forward the already strong people to people ties between our nations”.
(With inputs from the PTI)