PM Narendra Modi met Russian President Putin in Fortaleza

Jul 16, 2014 17:27 IST

Vladimir PutinThe Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Fortaleza, Brazil on 15 July 2014. He met the Russian President Putin on the sidelines of Sixth BRICS Summit. The meeting was the first-summit level interaction of PM Narendra Modi with Russian President.

During the 40-minute meeting, PM favoured broadening of the special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia in nuclear, defence and energy sectors and invited President Vladimir Putin to visit Kudankulam atomic power project during his trip in December 2014.

PM emphasized that India is committed to taking the relationship forward and the focus is to broaden the strategic partnership including in the areas of defence, nuclear energy, space, energy, trade and investment, people-to-people contacts and addressing regional and global challenges.

Also, PM stressed on strengthening the issue of liberal visa regime, especially students going for studies. President Putin acknowledged that there was a case for looking at it.

The two leaders looked forward to their Annual Summit in Delhi in December 2014 as an opportunity to outline a bold vision and roadmap for their relationship in the years ahead.

Units 1 and 2 of Tamil Nadu-based Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) have been built with the help of Russian assistance at the cost of 17200 crore rupees.

India and Russia signed a General Framework Agreement on unit 3 and 4 in April 2014 after crossing the initial hurdles of the Civil Liability Nuclear Damage Act 2010.Nuclear power project has been a symbol of India-Russia relations.

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