India and Russia gear up for Narendra Modi-Vladimir Putin Summit
In the upcoming summit on 1st of June between Prime Minster Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin, India and Russia are all set to take forward collaborative projects in a range of sectors, including Nuclear Energy and joint projects in some other countries.
Russia and India took stock of the implementation of various key bilateral initiatives in economic field at a meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic and Cultural Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC), a key forum to address major issues concerning bilateral ties.
Based on the Indian Defence news sources, the meeting, co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, there was a convergence of views and interests on a wide array of issues.
At a joint press event with Rogozin, Swaraj described the talks as “fruitful” and said there was a unanimity in strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries. The two leaders reviewed the progress made on various bilateral issues since their last meeting on September 13, 2016 as well as the preparations for the forthcoming India- Russia Annual Summit to be held in St Petersburg on June one, the MEA said.
The two leaders agreed to closely work in the weeks and months ahead to take forward collaborative projects in several areas, including nuclear energy, joint projects in third countries, development of critical technologies for human spaceflight programme, renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.
Other areas include trade in seafood, agro and dairy products, cooperation at sub-national level including states, regions, cities, participation in each other’s premier trade events, fostering further stronger academic and research linkages and joint Indo-Russia collaborative research centers (CRCs) in universities and mutual recognition of degrees.
Besides further strengthening ‘energy bridge’ between the two countries, they agreed to enhance cooperation in disaster relief, telemedicine, cultural exchanges, joint film production, facilitation of visa systems and procedures.