Deputy PM Trutnev's focus: Plans to connect India's east coast with Russia's energy-rich far east

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 19, 2019, 09.17 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev meets India's external affairs minister S Jaishankar Photograph:( WION )

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Trutnev's visit comes ahead of the fifth Eastern Economic Forum which will be held in the eastern coastal city of Vladivostok in September in which PM Modi will be participating.

India and Russia are planning to open new route connecting India's east coast with Russia's far east. It is expected to connect India to Russia's resource and energy-rich districts. 

It was one of the focus areas when Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev came to India on a five-day visit from June 15 to 19.

During his visit, he met National Security Advisor(NSA) Ajit Doval, external affairs minister S. Jaishankar, minister of petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan and vice chairman of NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar.

Yury Trutnev is also Putin's Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District which is the largest of eight federal districts of Russia and rich in mineral resources.

Both sides agreed to explore bilateral cooperation in the sectors of diamond-processing, petroleum and natural gas, coal and mining, agro-processing and tourism.

The visit comes ahead of the fifth Eastern Economic Forum which will be held in the eastern coastal city of Vladivostok in September in which PM Modi will be participating.

Deputy Prime Minister Trutnev had earlier visited India in March 2017.