A friend and supporter, Russia has given importance to strengthening ties with India: PM Modi 

Edited By: Sparshita Saxena WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Sep 04, 2019, 12:56 PM(IST)

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PM Modi spoke about his day with the Russian president and their visit to the Zvezda shipbuilding complex.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin shortly after arriving in Vladivostok, Russia.

The prime minister thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government for conferring country's highest civilian award - guard of honour - and said that it was an honour for him to visit Russia and meet the president for the third time this year. 

PM Modi spoke about his day with the Russian president and their visit to the Zvezda shipbuilding complex.

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"This exhibits the new dimension to strategic cooperation between our countries. I am excited to be part of the 20th edition of the India-Russia Summit," PM Modi said. 

The prime minister added that he is humbled by the welcome of the Russian people. 

"This meet exhibits the friendly ties between our countries, it is a matter of pride for 1.3 billion Indians," PM Modi said. 

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Describing Russia as a friend and a nation that has supported India, the prime minister stated that Russia has personally given importance to bolstering its strategic partnership with India.

"Some very important talks are due to take place at the Summit which should further strengthen our ties and take all aspects of our ties - like defence, nuclear energy, space -  to new heights," he said. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday paid a visit to the 'Zvezda' Shipbuilding Complex 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 in Vladivostok, Russia earlier today, on a two-day visit, to hold talks with Putin on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum to give a new impetus to bilateral ties between India and Russia.

India and Russia are expected to sign numerous agreements in the fields of defence, trade, investments, industrial cooperation, energy and connectivity corridors at the 20th Annual Summit between the two countries.

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