India, Russia Against Outside Influence In Internal Matters Of Any Nation: PM Modi's Jab At Pakistan

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 04 September 2019, 03:21 PM
HIGHLIGHTS
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Russia.
    • The 20th India-Russia Annual Summit will be held in Vladivostok.
    • This is first visit to Russian Far East Region by an Indian prime minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said both India and Russia were against outside influence in internal matters of any nation. Modi was addressing a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Modi's remark it seems to be an indirect jab at Pakistan who has been trying to raise the issue of Kashmir at international stage ever since the decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir state. 

PM Modi also announced a proposal for a maritime route between Chennai and Vladivostok.PM Modi arrived in Russia on Wednesday morning and met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok. 

“This is a historical occasion to give a new dimension to the cooperation between the two countries,” Modi said in his opening remarks at the 20th India-Russia Annual Summit on the sidelines of the EEF, which Russia has hosted since 2015 to boost partnerships with Asian countries.

Modi said Russia is an “integral friend and trustworthy partner” of India as he praised President Putin’s personal efforts on expanding the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries. 

“On many occasions, I have spoken to you over telephone to discuss several issues and I have never felt any hesitation,” Prime Minister Modi told Putin.

Here's how it happened on Wednesday during PM Modi's visit to Russia:

2:22 PM

A proposal has been made to have a full fledged maritime route that serves  as a link between Chennai and Vladivostok, said PM Narendra Modi. "We are adding new sectors to the already strong partnership between India and Russia. India and Russia realise the importance of a multipolar world. We are working together on many global forums like BRICS and SCO."

"We both are against outside influence in the internal matters of any nation." said PM Modi. 

2:15 PM

India-Russia friendship is not restricted to their respective capital cities. We have put people at the core of this relationship, says PM Modi

2:05 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calls India a close strategic partner. He talks about several agreements reached during the delegation-level talks.

2:02 PM

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar tweeted, "Following a two hour tete-a-tete on board a ship, PM @narendramodi and President Putin lead the delegation-level talks at the India-Russia 20th Annual Summit. Discussion on expanding our spectrum of our bilateral ties."

"Topics covered, inter alia, include bolstering cooperation in trade & investment, oil & gas, mining, nuclear energy, defence & security, air & maritime connectivity, transport infrastructure, hi-tech, outer space and people-to-people ties."

2:00 PM

Russia and India exchange several agreements in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Vladivostok.

1:55 PM

The delegation level talks between India and Russia conclude, now various agreements will be signed in presence of PM Modi and President Putin.

12:55 PM

PM Modi also called Russia an integral friend of India and a trustworthy partner.

12:50 PM

"You have announced that I will be awarded with Russia's highest civilian award. I express my gratitude to you and people of Russia. This demonstrates the friendly relations between the people of our 2 countries. It's a matter of honour for the 1.3 billion Indians."

12:45 PM

In Vladivostiok, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked President Vladimir Putin and termed the invitation for Eastern Economic Forum 'a matter of great respect'. "This is a historical occasion to give a new dimension to the support between the two countries. I am waiting to participate in the forum tomorrow," he said.

12:30 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin are leading the delegation level talks in Vladivostok.

11:45 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin took a ship on their way to Zvezda ship-building complex, Vladivostok. Both leaders discussed ways to deepen cooperation in ship building. These are some earlier visuals from their journey to Zvezda.

10:30 AM

When Modi met Putin

9:30 AM

PM Narendra Modi shared a link of his interview with Russian news agency TASS. He tweeted the link of the stroy with the caption in Russian. The tweet said, "I share with you my TASS interview in which I spoke in detail about the Indian-Russian relations and how they can have even more beneficial effects on our citizens."

9:00 AM

Before their talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined Russian President Vladimir Putin for a visit to Zvezda shipyard. 

6:30 AM

In Vladivostok, Modi will attend the 5th Eastern Economic Forum as the chief guest at the invitation of President Putin. He will also hold the 20th India-Russia Annual Summit with Putin.

PM Modi was given a warm welcome by the Indian diaspora at the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok. 

6:00 AM

"Landed in Vladivostok, capital of the Russian Far East and the crossroads of a dynamic region. Looking forward to joining various programmes in this short but important visit," PM Modi tweeted.

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted, "PM Narendra Modi was warmly welcomed at Vladivostok airport on his 3rd bilateral visit to Russia. Over the next 2 days, bilateral meeting with President Putin, participation at Eastern Economic Forum & meetings with other world leaders on the agenda."

In a bid to boost the cultural cooperation between India and Russia, the prime minister will release a special stamp to commemorate "father of the nation" Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. Modi will also inaugurate a mobile App dedicated to popularise Yoga in the country.

Here's PM Modi's expected schedule in Russia:

4.30 am: Arrival at Vladivostok International Airport

9.30 am: Visit to 'Zvezda' (Shipbuilding plant)

11.30 am: 20th India-Russia Annual Summit including bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin

1.30 pm: Exchange of agreements and press statement

4.30 pm: Joint visit to 'Street of the Far East' exhibition

5.30 pm: Dinner hosted by President Vladimir Putin

Looking forward to meeting President Putin: PM Modi

Before departing for Russia, Modi said he looked forward to discussing regional and international issues of mutual interest with President Putin. Modi also said his visit underlines the desire of the two countries to diversity and further strengthen bilateral relations.

"I look forward to discussing with my friend President Putin the entire gamut of our bilateral partnership as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest," the prime minister said in his departure statement in New Delhi.

"I also look forward to meeting other global leaders attending the Eastern Economic Forum, and interacting with Indian Industry and business representatives participating in it," Modi said.

(With PTI Inputs)

First Published: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 07:14 AM
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