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Putin of Russia will be welcoming Modi of India once again in Russia for summit talks. A day before his departure to meet Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he shared a “special chemistry” with the Russian President and is keen on technology transfers so that the two sides can make military equipment in India at cheaper rates for export to third countries.
Modi, will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok. In Moscow he will hold wide-ranging talks with President Putin and then leave for the Russian port city.
“I am confident that this visit will give a new vector, new energy and a new impetus to the relations between our countries,” Modi said in an interview with Russia’s state-run TASS news agency.
Russia and India are likely to sign about 15 agreements, including deals in the military-technical sectors, within the framework of the 20th Russian-Indian summit that will take place on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), a Tass report said.
The Russian-Indian partnership has gone beyond the framework of military and technical cooperation, Modi said. He stressed the importance of mutual trust in the relations between Russia and India, calling it a special achievement.
“We are close friends. And as close friends, we should think about what we can do together in the future.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,” Modi said.
“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,” he highlited.
He also spoke about India’s manned space mission — the Gaganyaan project — and said that Russia will help train the country’s astronauts.
“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,” Modi said.