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Putin oils Modi magic

The documents were inked after the delegation level talks between PM Narendra Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin who was on a day-long visit to New Delhi.

After holding the India-Russia 15th Annual Summit talks with Putin in the national capital, Modi said that India’s strategic partnership with Russia is ‘incomparable in content’ and Russia has been ‘a pillar of strength’ for India. Modi said, “We have met twice at the opposite ends of the world - at Brazil and Australia”. He recalled that President Putin and the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee launched the annual summit process in 2000.

Russia has been “a steadfast supporter” even in difficult moments of history, he added. Modi said there was a need to boost trade between India and Russia. “Russia is keen to deepen the political dialogue between the two countries to strengthen cooperation in various areas,” Modi added. Putin said the two countries have a special privileged partnership and it continues to develop dynamically. Referring to the annual bilateral trade, the leader said it was not enough. “We talked of measures to diversify bilateral trade,” Putin added.

Modi said, Russia has offered its most advanced helicopters to be fully manufactured in India.”We also discussed how to align our defence relations to India’s own priorities, including Make in India. I am pleased that Russia has offered to fully manufacture in India one of its most advanced helicopters,” Modi said adding it can be used for both military and civilian use. “This will include the possibility of exports from India. We will follow up on this quickly,” Modi said in his statement to the media after holding meeting with Putin.

Noting that Russia has been India’s foremost defence partner through decades, Modi said his first visit outside Delhi as Prime Minister was to new aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya - a ship bought from Russia. “It sails our seas as a great symbol of our defence cooperation. Even as India’s options have increased on Thursday, Russia will remain our most important defence partner,” said Modi.

The two countries agreed on strategic vision to strengthen cooperation in peaceful use of Atomic Energy. India also agreed to expeditiously identify a second site, in addition to Kudankulam, for Russian-designed nuclear power units in the country. Both the countries discussed collaboration between companies in oil and gas exploration and production. The potential for bilateral cooperation in outer space to advance societal applications was also deliberated upon.

Modi said, India and Russia have outlined an ambitious vision for nuclear energy of at least ten more reactors. The two countries also agreed on a vision - Druzhba-Dosti -  for strengthening partnership over the next decade. 

Russia to build high-end copters in India

PM Narendra Modi on Thursday said even though India’s options have increased, Russia will remain the country’s “most important” defence partner as Moscow offered to fully manufacture in this country one of its most advanced helicopters. India and Russia also agreed to exploit the “unlimited” opportunities in defence cooperation.

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