A wide range of bilateral discussions were held today between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The talks ranged from regional and international issues to opening new frontiers to boost trade and energy cooperation. When the meeting started, PM Modi expressed his delight of having the opportunity to visit St Petersburg, the hometown of Putin. It may be recalled that this is the first time that an Indo-Russia summit is being held outside Russia’s capital Moscow in St Petersburg. PM Modi also talked about the long-lasting relations between India and Russia, – “Normally, international relations see ups and downs but history is witness Indo-Russia relations have not seen any ups and downs.”
PM Modi also thanked Putin for his contribution towards getting India the membership to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Putin said that India will be given a full-fledged membership to the SCO in about a week’s time. PM Modi also visited a war memorial, Piskarovskoye Cemetery, to pay homage to the victims of World War II. It may be recalled that Putin’s brother was killed during World War II, around 70 years ago in the siege of Leningrad. PM Modi mentioned that Putin belongs to a family that has made sacrifices.
The two countries are expected to sign many agreements pertaining to various domains such as railways, science & technology, cultural exchanges, etc. The two leaders will also release a vision statement for relations between the two countries. The nuclear deal for the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam is also expected to be signed.