India, Russia set to diversify & bolster bi-lateral ties; PM Modi arrives in Vladivostok

With a vision to diversify and bolster bilateral ties with Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Vladivostok this morning on a two-day visit to Russia. He is the first-ever by an Indian Prime Minister to the Far East Region of Russia. Speaking to the media, earlier he said that there is a desire on both sides to strengthen the bonds of robust bilateral relations.

Mr Modi will attend the 5th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) beginning today in Vladivostok. Prime Minister will also hold the 20th India-Russia Annual Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a series of tweets, Mr Modi said, he looks forward to discussing regional and international issues of mutual interest with President Putin. Prime Minister said, his visit underlines the desire of the two countries to diversify and further strengthen bilateral relations.

He said India and Russia enjoy excellent relations, based on the strong foundation of special strategic partnership and also have robust and growing trade and investment opportunities. The Prime Minister said, Our strong partnership is complemented by a desire to promote a multipolar world and the two countries closely cooperate towards this end in regional and multilateral fora.

Mr Modi will the chief guest at the Eastern Economic Forum. The EEF provides a platform for discussing issues aimed at expanding international cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and developing the economy of Russia’s Far East. There are several sessions involving India at the EEF. Among them are harnessing the power of Youth, Logistics – a digital pathway, Human Capital in Eurasia, and the Russia India business dialogue.

While several MoUs and B2B agreements are expected to be finalized by Business leaders on the sidelines of the summit, at least 12 will be exchanged in the presence of Prime Minister Modi and President Putin.

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