Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held delegation meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum. Addressing a joint statement, PM Modi lauded his 'great friend' Vladimir Putin and called the relationship between India and Russia "an unprecedented partnership". PM Modi and the Russian President also witnessed the exchange of 15 documents announcing new areas of cooperation including connectivity, deep-sea exploration, space, energy among others between the two countries. During the joint statement at Vladivostok on Wednesday, PM Modi also spoke on the importance of working together between India and Russia on many global forums like BRICS and SCO.
1. India and Russia agreed that both countries are against "outside influence" in the internal matters of any nation, PM Modi announced during the joint statement. This agreement came in the light of Pakistan calling for international interference and US President Donald Trump attempting to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. Both India and Russia agreed to be against outside influence in the internal matters of any nation.
2. Significantly, Russia has backed the Indian government's move to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the changes in the status are within the framework of the Indian Constitution.
3. A proposal has been made to have a full-fledged maritime route between Chennai and Vladivostok between PM Modi and Vladimir Putin during the former's Russia visit. PM Modi announced that a Memorandum of Intent has been signed between India and Russia on the development of maritime communications between Chennai and Vladivostok.
4. Discussed on ways to bolster cooperation in trade and investment, oil and gas, mining, nuclear energy, defence and security, air and maritime connectivity, transport infrastructure, hi-tech, outer space and people-to-people ties were held. As many as 15 agreements/MoUs were signed between PM Modi and the Russian President in similar areas.
5. Addressing the joint statement, Vladimir Putin said India is one of the key partners of Russia, adding that the relationship between the two states is of "strategic and special privileged nature". Putin also noted that Russia is a reliable source of energy supplier to India.
6. PM Modi asserted that Russia will be helping Indian astronauts in their training for the manned space mission -- the Gaganyaan project.
7. Putin spoke about the cooperation on the flagship joint project - Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant - announcing that the first two units are already operational and the work for the third and fourth unit are going as per schedule.
8. The Russian President also underlined the cooperation between India and Russia in technical and military areas. He said that Russia is successfully implementing the bilateral programme on military and technical cooperation up to 2020 and working on to extend the cooperation to another 20 years.
9. Putin also laid importance on the common goal of India and Russia to reach an agreement to establish a free trade area between India and the Eurasian economic union.
10. PM Modi thanked Russian President Putin for conferring Russia's highest civilian award on him. He was named for the highest state decoration of Russia - 'Order of St Andrew the Apostle' award - in April for his exceptional services in promoting bilateral ties between the two countries.
Memories and moments, from 2001 and 2019!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 4, 2019
While participating in the 20th India-Russia Summit today, my mind also went back to the India-Russia Summit of November 2001 when Atal Ji was PM. That time, I was honoured to be a part of his delegation as Gujarat CM. pic.twitter.com/G9vHMkagfR
(With PTI inputs)