The Russia Visit
Shared Trust, New Horizons
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a two-day visit to Russia from 23-24 December 2015 for the 16th India-Russia Annual Summit. It was his first bilateral visit to the Russian Federation after assuming office in May 2014.
With a purpose to deepen cooperation in the spheres of Security, Trade, Economy, Energy, Science and Technology, and take forward the already robust people-to -people ties between the two nations, the visit reaffirmed the unique character of Russia-India relations based on time-tested friendship.
During the visit, Prime Minister Modi held extensive deliberations with President Putin. The interactions between the two leaders were marked by deep warmth and mutual trust that characterise the special and privileged partnership between India and Russia.
Sixteen important agreements in diverse fields of bilateral cooperation, including several commercial agreements between the Russian and Indian companies, were signed during the visit.
The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the intensive and effective dialogues between Indian and Russian Ministries, Security Councils and other specialised agencies towards strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation in diverse fields.
They reconfirmed their commitment to realise the target set at the last Annual Summit to increase annual bilateral trade and investment. Emphasis was laid on the need for continued facilitation by both the governments based on regular consultations within the framework of institutional mechanisms as well as speedy implementation of decisions and liberalisation of relevant rules and regulations. They also reaffirmed their cooperation in the military-technical field, peaceful uses of nuclear energy, mutual commitment to the further development of cooperation in the field of outer space exploration and the need for sustained and institutionalised interactions to foster greater security-related cooperation.
The two sides expressed their willingness to closely interact in other multilateral formats, such as the Asia-Europe Meeting, the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia and the Asia Cooperation Dialogue.
Russia reiterated its support for India’s application to join APEC and committed to work closely with India on this issue.
The book will take you through the highlights of the visit.
Prime Minister Modi & President Putin held extensive and substantive discussions to review progress in bilateral relations since the last Annual Summit and their meeting on the margins of the BRICS Summit in Ufa in July 2015. The interactions between the two Leaders were marked by deep warmth and mutual trust that characterize the special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India.
The two leaders witnessed the signing of 16 key agreements across diverse sectors.
Prime Minister Modi visited EMERCOM –the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) in Moscow. The NCMC is a multi level coordination centre designed to provide inter-agency coordination, and alerting people about the threat of emergency situations. Its capabilities include state of the art real time monitoring, data collection, analysis and modelling. It uses global navigation satellite systems and global monitoring technologies based on remote sensing.
The Prime Minister was given an overview of the actual functioning and real-time monitoring operations of the Centre. He was informed in detail about the coordination among various disaster-relief agencies, space monitoring by the centre and its 3D modelling capabilities.
Prime Minister Modi described the work being done by the Centre as a “great service to humanity.”
Reflecting their continued emphasis on further enhancing bilateral economic and commercial relations, President Putin and Prime Minister Modi jointly addressed CEOs of leading Russian and Indian companies
"High tech, Innovation, Energy, Aircraft Building, Pharma & diamonds are promising areas for India-Russia cooperation."
–President Vladimir Putin
"Nature has destined us to work together. From Hydrocarbons our cooperation is moving to the hardest form of carbon - Diamonds"
–Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The Friends of India gathering showcased the popularity of Indian cultural traditions in Russia and its importance of Inter-cultural understanding.
Prime Minister Modi, attended the event, which featured performances of Indian art forms (classical and folk dances) by Russian artists.
The programme commenced with a Shloka recital and a creative rendering of VandeMataram, followed by continuing sequence of brief Kuchipudi, Kathak and Dandiya Raas.