Vladivostok, September 4: India and Russia on Wednesday signed 25 agreements at the 20th Annual Bilateral Summit between both the nations in Vladivostok. The two leaders had discussions on various subjects including enhanced bilateral trade, improved co-operation in defence, security, air and maritime connectivity. Agreements were exchange in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both the nations also agreed to manufacture AK-203 rifles. India-Russia Ties: PM Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin Reach Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex Via Ship, Watch Video.
Speaking at the joint press conference, PM Modi said, “I'm honoured to be the 1st ever Indian PM to be coming to Vladivostok. I thank my friend, President Putin for inviting me here. I remember Annual Summit of 2001, first one held in Russia when he was President and I had come in Atal Ji’s delegation as Gujarat CM.” He further added that India-Russia friendship is not restricted to their respective capital cities. In a veiled reference to Kashmir Issue, the Prime Minister said, “We (India and Russia) both are against outside influence in the internal matters of any nation.” PM Narendra Modi Arrives at Vladivostok International Airport For 2-Day Visit to Russia, Will Meet Vladimir Putin Today.
Joint Press Briefing of PM Modi and Putin:
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Earlier in the day, PM Modi thanked Putin and his government for honouring him with Russia’s highest civilian award - guard of honour. PM Modi said, “You've announced that I'll be awarded with Russia's highest civilian award. I express my gratitude to you & the people of Russia.” The PM further added, “It demonstrates the friendly relations between the people of our two countries. It's a matter of honour for the 1.3 billion Indians.”
He called Russia an integral and trustworthy partner. He stated, “You've personally focussed on expanding our special & privileged strategic partnership. As two integral friends, wé've met regularly. I've spoken to you over the telephone on several issues, I've never felt any hesitation.” PM Modi and Putin visited Zvezda ship-building complex in Vladivostok with an aim to learn about Russia’s exemplary capabilities in the shipbuilding sector as well as explore possibilities of cooperation in this area.
PM Modi arrived at Vladivostok International Airport for his two-day visit to the country. He also received a warm welcome by the Indian diaspora in Vladivostok. The Prime Minister is in Russia as the chief guest of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum.