Russia visit/ Narendra Modi meets President Vladimir Putin, visits Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex, to take part in Eastern Economic Forum

Moscow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Vladivostok on a 2-day Russia visit on Wednesday. The Indian community welcomed him at the airport here. Modi was given a guard of honor at the airport itself. He then met President Vladimir Putin. The two leaders visited the Zvezda Shipbuilding Complex.

Modi will participate in the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) with Putin. Putin has called Modi as the chief guest at the summit. Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Vladivostok, Russia.

Many energy-related agreements likely: After this, the two leaders will also participate in the annual India-Russia Summit. There can be many energy-related agreements between Modi and Putin in this meeting. 

Modi can urge Putin to open the Arctic waterway: Indeed, Modi is the first Prime Minister to visit Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok. The region has large reserves of minerals and energy. In this meeting, Modi can urge Putin to open the Arctic waterway, so that the distance from India to Russia can be reduced and cooperation in the energy sector can be increased between the two countries.

Waterway agreement important: If there is an agreement on the Chennai-Vladivostok waterway, then trade between India and Russia will be strengthened. ONGC and some diamond companies are currently operating in this far eastern region of Russia. 

International North South Transport Corridor: India-Russia are also working on the International North South Transport Corridor. It will be 7200 km long road, rail and sea route. It will connect India, Iran and Russia. The corridor will connect Russia’s St. Petersburg with the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf via Chabahar Port in Iran.

Both countries are considering exporting manpower: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale told during the press conference that India and Russia have a special relationship. The Prime Minister wants to link this relationship with the economy beyond nuclear energy and defense. India is also considering exporting manpower to Russia in the coming times. He said that wherever there is a shortage of manpower in the world, India is thinking of sending skilled workers to all those places.

The Foreign Secretary also said that India’s proposal is still in the initial stage and there has been a positive response from Russia. Actually, it takes 7 days to reach the capital from Moscow to Vladivostok by train. Due to low population here, mining of natural resources also causes problems. In such a situation, this will be a big opportunity for India in the agriculture and mining sector.

Delegation level talks between the two countries on first day: On the first day of Modi’s visit to Russia, there will be delegation-level talks between him and President Putin. After this, both will meet separately. A delegation of 50-member FICCI with Prime Minister has also gone to Vladivostok. On September 5, the two leaders will participate in the Eastern Economic Forum. Putin will also take him to show him the Judo Championship before Modi returns to India. Putin himself is a judo player.