On the evening of his summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he has shared a “special chemistry” with President Putin and is perceptive on technology transfers so that both sides can make military equipment in India at cheaper rates for export to third nations.
Narendra Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Far Eastern Federal University in Russia’s Vladivostok, due to hold wide-ranging discussions with the Russian President, ahead of his departure to Russia.
PM Modi was quoted in an interview, “I am confident that this visit will give a new vector, new energy and a new impetus to the relations between our countries.”
India and Russia are set to sign around 15 documents, including some in military-technical sectors within the framework of the 20th Russian-Indian Summit, which is scheduled on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), said sources.
The Russian-Indian Partnership has gone beyond the framework of technical and military cooperation, claims PM Modi, adding that “we are close friends. And as close friends, we should think about what we can do together in the future.”
PM Modi continued, “We don’t want to be limited just to relations between the customer and the seller of military technologies. We are sure about the model of transferring technologies. I have said several times about this and we have even started moving in this direction.”
He further noted, “Today, provided that technologies are transferred, the production of military equipment can be cheap in India. And we will be able to supply these weapons to third countries at very low prices. India and Russia need to take advantage of this opportunity.”
PM Modi spoke about manned space mission of India – the Gaganyaan Project – said that Russia will guide to train the country’s astronauts.
Responding on his personal relationship with the Russian President, PM Modi said that he has “special chemistry” with him.
PM Modi was quoted saying, “We sit and talk, walk around and talk. There is a special chemistry in our relations, a special ease. We will have a lot of time during this forum. I hope that we will be able to discuss many issues.”
He further stressed the significance of mutual trust in the relationship between India and Russia, termed it as a special gain.
“I had the opportunity to meet President Putin for the first time in 2001. I came to Moscow with then-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. I was the Chief Minister of a state (Gujarat), and this was our first meeting. However, Putin did not make me feel like I was less important; that I was from a small state or that I am new. He treated me amicably, as a friend. This opened the doors of friendship,” added PM Modi.
The Indian Prime Minister further said that “we have discussed not only the issues related to our states; we have talked about various issues, our hobbies, global issues. We talked openly, as partners. He is a very interesting person to talk to, and I admit that we have very enlightening conversations.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate as the Chief Guest in the 2019 Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).
He continued, “This forum is not confined to a mere exchange of points of view. We have been gearing up for this forum for six months.”
PM Modi noted that a large delegation from Russia’s FEF has visited India and Chief Ministers and Ministers from Indian, and businessman, has visited the event and enjoyed it with their own eyes.
PM Modi further said that he is ready to make efforts to ensure that the EEF will assist to boost and expand economic relations between India and Russia.
“That is why I think that the Eastern Forum is a very important event,” he added.