PM Modi, Putin spend “quality time” on ship ride; Discuss India-Russia cooperation on trade, security, maritime and environment protection

Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled on a ship with Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Zvezda shipbuilding complex, the first stop in his two-day visit to the Russian Far East region.

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar sharing pictures of the two leaders onboard the ship said, “PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Putin spending quality time together on board a ship on their way to ‘Zvezda’ Shipbuilding Complex.”

In a video released by the government, PM Modi was seen sitting alongside President Putin on the ship on the way to the shipyard.

The two leaders hugged and shook hands when PM Modi came for the visit after landing this morning at the Vladivostok airport. They walked together to the boat and in a special gesture, President Putin decided to accompany PM Modi. The two leaders reportedly discussed cooperation between the two nations in ship-building.

After the boat ride, PM Modi tweeted :-

This was PM Modi’s first visit to the Russian Far East region, where he would hold summit talks with President Putin and attend the Eastern Economic Forum. This is his third bilateral visit to Russia.

During the 20th India-Russia Annual Summit, the two leaders “reviewed the full range of India-Russia relations” and focussed talks on “finding new horizons of India-Russia cooperation in trade, security, maritime cooperation and working together to protect the environment”.

“Ships at the Zvezda shipyard will be used to deliver Russian oil and liquefied natural gas to world markets, including India,” President Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov was quoted.

The Zvezda shipyard is being set up on the base of the Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center by a consortium of Rosneft, Rosneftegaz and Gazprombank. The shipyard will produce heavy ships, offshore platform elements, ice-class vessels, special vessels, and other marine equipment.

Source : Various