Modi in Russia agendas on his first state visit to Moscow

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday afternoon leave on a two-day visit to Russia to attend the 16th Annual Summit meeting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi


This is his first state visit for the Indian prime minister.

Here’s what is on his agenda for the two-day visit.

— The Summit would commence with a private dinner hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

— The Summit would begin on the second day with the Prime Minister interacting with Russian and Indian CEOs.

— The talks between the two countries at the highest level have been taking place alternately in Moscow and New Delhi since 2000.

— The Prime Minister will also visit the Russian Emercon facility, which is an emergency disaster facility. He will be shown how the country handles civil disasters through this.

— Prime Minister Modi will also meet Friends of India at the Moscow Expo Centre.

— He is then scheduled to address the Indian community, after which he would depart for India.

— The two nations also share close nuclear ties. Russia is already constructing 12 nuclear plants in the country. Further discussion is also expected in this regard.

— Briefing media in New Delhi on Monday, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told reporters that Prime Minister’s visit to Russia is aimed at expanding the special and privileged strategic ties with a particular focus on nuclear energy, hydrocarbons, defence and trade.

— India and Russia are likely to ink a number of pacts in a range of sectors including nuclear energy and defence. The two time-tested partners will focus on expanding economic ties.

— The two countries are aiming at enhancing annual bilateral trade to $30 billion (Rs 1,98,720 crore) crore) over the next ten years from current $10 billion (nearly Rs 66,240 crore). Besides bilateral issues, the two Prime Ministers are likely to deliberate on a number of global issues having political dimensions including the situation in Syria and ways to tackle terrorism.

During the previous summit, the leaders of the two nations had discussed largely about expansion of economic ties.

The Prime Minister is also expected to visit Kabul on his way back, but this is yet to be confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs.

(with agency inputs)