This Article is From Jul 16, 2014

Prime Minister Modi Seeks Stronger Defence, Nuclear Ties With Russia

Prime Minister Modi Seeks Stronger Defence, Nuclear Ties With Russia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Fortaleza, Brazil: India is keen to further deepen and broad-base its strategic partnership with Russia, especially in defence, nuclear energy, trade and investment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Brazil and invited him to visit the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.

Prime Minister Modi, who met Mr Putin on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit at Fortaleza on Tuesday, expressed appreciation for Russia's friendship and unstinting bilateral and international support for India's economic development and security since the early days of India's Independence, said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

During the meeting, which lasted about 40 minutes, Mr Modi reaffirmed that relations with Russia will continue to enjoy the priority that they always have in India's foreign policy.

Mr Modi said he looks forward to working with Mr Putin to further deepen and broad-base the strategic partnership, especially in the areas of defence, nuclear energy, space, energy, trade and investment, people-to-people contacts and addressing regional and global challenges.

The statement said that Mr Modi conveyed his sincere appreciation for Putin's decisive leadership in deepening and expanding the "India-Russia special and privileged strategic partnership".

Mr Putin also congratulated Mr Modi over his victory in India's general elections.

The two leaders looked forward to their annual summit in New Delhi in December 2014 as an opportunity to outline a bold vision and roadmap for their relationship in the years ahead, the statement added.

Mr Modi said he looked forward to visiting Russia in 2015.

The Prime Minister also suggested that Mr Putin should travel outside Delhi when he comes for the annual summit in December and visit a nuclear power plant, referring to the Kudankulam project in Tamil Nadu which has been set up in technical cooperation with Russia.