Highlights: Modi in Russia
India shares a special friendship with Russia. The two countries have stood together at each other’s time of need. Having a superpower at her side is an advantage for India as it makes the world listen to what we say. It is also beneficial to Russia as India is a rising superpower with technological advances and manufacturing marvels.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Russia for 20th India-Russia Annual Summit last week. This took place on the sidelines of 5th Eastern Economic Forum. PM Modi was the chief guest at the forum. Russia has hosted the Eastern Economic Forum since 2015 to boost partnerships with Asian countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin had personally invited the Indian Prime Minister.
India and Russia exchanged 25 agreements in the field of defence, trade, industrial cooperation, investments, connectivity corridors and energy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also agreed that the bilateral trade between the two old allies is very low at $11 billion. Accordingly, the two leaders set an ambitious target of $30 billion to be achieved in the next six years, almost three times the current level.
Russia would also assist India in its Space mission ‘Gaganyaan’.
Both the world leaders agreed stand of Kashmir and removal of Article 370. Russia supported India by saying that Kashmir is an internal matter and Pakistan should not interfere in it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the first leader from India to land on the far eastern side of the vast country of Russia.