PM optimistic about outcome of Russia visit

PM optimistic about outcome of Russia visit

Ahead of his visit to Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed confidence that his trip would deepen cooperation in the economic, energy and security spheres and substantially take forward the already strong people-to-people ties with "one of India's most valued friend".

In his pre-departure statement, he said trade ties between India and Russia can increase even further, to benefit not only the two nations but also the world.

"Today I will commence my visit to Russia, my first bilateral visit after we formed the Government. I am very optimistic about the outcome of this visit," Modi said.

He said he will have extensive deliberations with President Vladimir Putin and have an interaction with Russian businesspersons to invite them to invest in India. He will also attend a 'Friends of India' programme.

"Am very optimistic about outcomes of my Russia visit. It will deepen economic & security ties with a valued friend," Modi said.

He said history is witness to the close ties India and Russia have had over the decades.
"Russia remains one of India's most valued friends in the world," he said.

He recalled that in 2001, when he had just assumed charge as Gujarat CM and had accompanied then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to Russia. "That was, perhaps, one of the first India-Russia annual Summits, a practice that goes on till date," Modi said.

"My visit will deepen the cooperation between India and Russia in the economic, energy and security spheres. We also want to increase cooperation in science and technology, mining among other sectors," he said.

"I am certain that this visit will substantially take forward the already strong people to people ties between our nations," the Prime Minister said.

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