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Highlights of Modi- Putin meet ahead of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Source: The Hindu and Wikipedia

 Mr. Modi, who arrived in Russia on a two-day visit, during which he will also attend the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit to the Russian Far East region.

Major Highlights
1. PM Modi and President Putin made joint statement that India and Russia are against ‘outside influence’ in internal matters of any nation.

The remarks came against the backdrop of tension between India and Pakistan after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.

India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.

Russia has backed India’s move on Jammu and Kashmir, saying that the changes in the status are within the framework of the Indian Constitution.

The two leaders also held the delegation-level talks at the India-Russia 20th Annual Summit.

2. Chennai-Vladivostok sea route: India, Russia ink proposal on developing Chennai-Vladivostok sea route. Prime Minister Modi said a proposal had been made to have a full-fledged maritime route between Chennai and Vladivostok. A Memorandum of Intent was signed in this regard.

3. Russia to train Indian astronauts: Russia would help train Indian astronauts for the manned space mission — the Gaganyaan project.

4. The two sides signed 15 agreements/MoUs in areas such as defence, air, and maritime connectivity, energy, natural gas, petroleum and trade.

The annual bilateral trade between India and Russia is $11 billion.

What is Eastern Economic Forum?
Eastern Economic Forum is an international forum held each year since 2015 in September, at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia, for the purpose of encouraging foreign investment in the Russian Far East. The Russian president and the Japanese premier have attended this forum since its beginning.

Far East Economic Forum is sponsored by the organizing committee appointed by Roscongress, an association of the Russian Government, which also sponsors other international forums, such as St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.



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