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Moscow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin after arriving here on Wednesday evening on a two-day visit during which the two leaders will participate in the 16th India-Russia annual summit.

Putin hosted Modi for a private dinner ahead of Thursday’s hectic schedule of engagements between the two countries.

External affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted:

Earlier, after alighting from the aircraft, Modi was welcomed with a ceremonial guard of honor at the airport.

In another tweet Swarup said:

This is Modi’s first bilateral visit to Russia. The two leaders last had a formal interaction at the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit in Ufa city of Russia, in July.

During this visit, a raft of agreements spanning a broad spectrum of sectors is expected to be signed following summit-level talks on Thursday between the two countries with trade being a major focus area.

Modi and Putin are scheduled to meet a delegation of Indian and Russian CEOs in the Kremlin.

Modi will address a gathering of Friends of India and also meet members of the Indian community in Russia.

The prime minister’s itinerary includes a visit to Russia’s National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) in Moscow on Thursday.

The NCMC is a multi-level coordination center designed to provide inter-agency coordination and alert the people about the threat of emergency situations. The capabilities of the NCMC include state-of-art real time monitoring, data collection, analysis and modelling.

In a pre-departure statement, Modi said he was very optimistic about his visit.

“History is witness to the close ties (that) India and Russia have had over the decades. Russia remains one of India’s most valued friends in the world,” he stated.

“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. Trade ties between India and Russia can increase even further, to benefit not only our two nations but also the world,” he added, ahead of departing for Russia.

He also stated there would be extensive deliberations with President Putin.

“There will be an interaction with Russian businesspersons to invite them to invest in India. I will also attend a ‘Friends of India’ program. I am certain that this visit will substantially take forward the already strong people to people ties between our nations,” Modi added. (IANS)(Photo: @MEAIndia)

 

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Modi in Russia: ‘World needs to fight terrorism unitedly’

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Moscow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has succeeded in convincing the world that there was a need to unite against terrorism and the menace can be easily fought if all powers having faith in humanity come together.

Addressing the Friends of India event at the Expo Centre here on Thursday, Modi termed his visit to Russia as “very successful and fruitful”.

Modi said Russia had always stood as “power” beside India and this was a relationship of friendship.

“If one country stood by India through good times and bad, then it is Russia,” he said.

Modi spoke of India’s demographic dividend and his governments’ efforts to make it a manufacturing hub.

“Earlier, India was only seen as a market, but now it is seen as a manufacturing hub for the world.”

He said all agencies describe India as the fastest growing economy in the world with most promise.

He said India had been telling the world about the threats from terrorism for the past 30 years but it was not taken seriously.

“The world has accepted what India has been saying on terrorism: an enemy of humanity that needs to be countered through international cooperation,” he said.

Modi said he and Russian president Vladimir Putin had talked in detail about the future of Eurasia and how it can create more opportunities for growth.

“We have explored the infinite possibilities. Our friendship with Russia can create prosperity in the entire Eurasian region,” he said.

He said Indian students in Russia should encourage at least five Russian families to visit India.

Modi, whose speech was preceded by a cultural program, said a woman — Sati Kazanova, born to a Muslim family in Russia, a pop singer, had recited Vedic mantras.

He extended his wishes to people on Christmas. Modi also remembered former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee whose birthday falls on December 25.

Modi said he had been told that about 45,000 people took part in yoga programs held in Russia to mark the International Day of Yoga.(Photo: www.ibtimes.co.in)