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India’s Modi calls Russian President Putin after US trip
June 12, 2016, 5:52 am

"There are those who think something, but say something else. This I have not experienced with President Putin," Modi said during his visit to Moscow in December 2015 [Xinhua]

“There are those who think something, but say something else. This I have not experienced with President Putin,” Modi said during his visit to Moscow in December 2015 [Xinhua]

Days after addressing the US Congress, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took stock of ties with Moscow in a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday.

Modi initiated the phone call, the Kremlin press service said.

“The discussion focused on practical issues of the two countries’ cooperation, including preparations for the top-level contacts to be held shortly,” said a statement posted on the Kremlin website.

“The leaders reaffirmed their determination to further bilateral relations, which are a privileged strategic partnership,” it added.

While the Indian Prime Minister was in Washington earlier this week, the two sides announced they have agreed to move ahead with the construction of six nuclear reactors in India by an American company.

Once underway, this would be the first Indo-US commercial agreement since the countries signed a civil nuclear deal in 2005. A Reuters report quoted a Westinghouse Electric spokesperson as saying “negotiations continue” on building the six nuclear reactors in India.

India has announced plans to build 40 nuclear reactors, in addition to the existing 22, in the next two decades. Russia is planning to build 20 reactors in India. Russian state nuclear company Rosatom would look at “localization of manufacturing in India for Russian-designed nuclear reactor units” according to a press statement by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

In talks with Putin on Saturday, Modi offered his best wishes on Russia Day.

Almost ninety per cent of India’s military arsenal is Russian equipment. In the past couple of years, the US is playing catch up trying to displace Russia from the top spot.

New Delhi has also recently increased foreign direct investment (FDI) in defence to 49 per cent.

Meanwhile, Russian oil firm Rosneft, in March this year, signed a set of documents on selling stakes in Russian oil fields to Indian firms.

India’s ONGC will increase its stake in Rosneft’s Vankor project to 26 per cent while Oil India, Indian Oil and Bharat PetroResources will buy up to 23.9 per cent between them in the same field.

During Modi’s Moscow visit in December, the two BRICS allies inked 16 cooperation agreements, including in the sector of nuclear energy, hydrocarbons, solar energy, railways and visas.

India had earlier backed what it describes as “legitimate Russian interests in Ukraine” after Russian accession of Crimea that resulted in Western sanctions against the country.

Modi will host Putin in India in October during the 8th BRICS Summit in the western Indian state of Goa.



6 Responses to India’s Modi calls Russian President Putin after US trip

  1. Farhan A Ansari Reply

    June 12, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    india should ignore US who is just promising india. Russia is our reliable and trustworthy partner who helped us in two war as oppose to US who were with our enemies. OBAMA is just using india against china to whom he fear most, MODI should understand this US policy. Russia has helped us in many ways from buildings submarine to missile to 5th generation fighter to designing of our ambitious project INS VISHAL aircraft carrier…. What US has done for india??? answer is promises promises and promises nothing more than that……

    • Rajeev Krishna Reply

      June 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Thats perfectly true. Russia is, and will always be our time tested and all-weather friend. Russia has always stood by us whenever we needed them. Americans are not at all trustworthy. Today USA wants to contain China, and that is the only reason they are trying to get close to us. Tomorrow they will ally with some other country to contain India. It is all part of their geostrategic agenda, so that no country becomes powerful enough to challenge their superpower status.
      India should ideally continue to expand its ties with Russia and China, so that the dream of an asian century can become a reality.

    • Mark Reply

      September 29, 2016 at 1:17 am

      We here in America agree more than you think. We are cozy up to enemies while ignoring those who are suppose to be our allies. We are seeing it not only with regards to India, but also in Europe, the middle east, and South America.

      Putin and Modi are both strong leadership and I wish you well.

  2. Joseph Reply

    October 9, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Salute to Putin from India.

  3. Varun Yadav Reply

    October 11, 2016 at 2:35 am

    This is the time to make strong relationship with Russia and play with America in same way she play with other countries.. America can never be our trustworthy friend..whereas Russia is time tested friend/ally and has always supported us.

  4. sagar pawar Reply

    March 22, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Yes,this is correct time to play with America.because America can not help india in past and in future.every Indian can not forget our past when Russia help us during our war with Pakistan .America impose sanctions against India after our nuclear test.america give pressure on Russia to share any sensitive technology with India like cryogenic engine which is useful to our satellite programme.russia help to India in various sector like defence,nuclear power.russia give support to our permnent seat UN .after giving lot of proof that how Pakistan sponsor terrorist in our country America can not support India.american eyes open when Osama found in Pakistan and Pakistan play double game with America.after that he realise that what Indian government said about Pakistani Russia is our true friend.

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