‘Make in India’ to be at the centrestage of India-Russia strategic relationship

With regard to nuclear energy, Modi said the pace of cooperation is increasing and progress is being made on 12 Russian reactors at two sites in India.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | Moscow | Updated: December 25, 2015 8:41 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday. (Source: PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

INDIA AND Russia on Thursday agreed to put the government’s flagship “Make in India” programme at the centrestage of their strategic relationship, as New Delhi and Moscow decided to build nuclear reactor components and military helicopters in India.

Apart from helicopters, the agreement is expected to result in the construction of 12 atomic plants with the involvement of Indian firms.

Russia is the first country to have agreed to take the initiative under the “Make in India” umbrella in two key strategic sectors — nuclear and defence. Sources said that while this move is perceived as a vote of confidence in India’s economy, it also puts a lid — at least, for the time being — on concerns in New Delhi about Moscow’s growing proximity to Islamabad.

After bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The Inter-Governmental Agreement on the manufacture of Kamov-226 helicopters in India is the first project for a major defence platform under the Make-in-India mission. It is, rightly, with our most important defence partner.”

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The Prime Minister said that the two sides made progress on a number of other defence proposals which would boost manufacturing and readiness with next-generation equipment.

On the nuclear field, Modi said, “The pace of our cooperation in nuclear energy is increasing. We are making progress on our plans for 12 Russian nuclear reactors at two sites. The agreement today will increase Indian manufacturing content in these reactors. It supports my mission of Make in India. I thank President Putin for his support.”

Putin said Unit-II of the Kudankulam plant in Tamil Nadu, being built by Russia, will be commissioned within weeks and negotiations are at an advanced staged for units III and IV.

The two sides inked 16 pacts, which included those on the nuclear and defence sectors.

On defence, a joint statement said, “The sides took note of achievements in the field of joint design, development and production of high-technology military equipment. Both sides reaffirmed their intention to expand the scope of such cooperation and to avail of the opportunities provided by the Make in India initiative in the defence sector and directed the concerned agencies to finalise such projects between relevant entities and enterprises of the two countries at the earliest.”

On the nuclear front, the joint statement reaffirmed that cooperation on peaceful uses of nuclear energy is a “cornerstone” of the Russia-India strategic partnership.

It said that the two sides welcomed progress in identifying the second site in India for an additional six nuclear reactor units to be set up in cooperation with Russia. “They agreed to actively work towards localisation of manufacturing in India under the aegis of Make in India and in tandem with the serial construction of nuclear power plants,” said the statement.

Summit-level talks between the two countries at the highest level have been taking place alternately in Moscow and New Delhi since 2000.

This time, with Putin by his side, Modi stressed on the need for the world to unite against terrorism “without distinction and discrimination between terrorist groups and target countries”, in an apparent reference to Pakistan.

Sharing concern over terrorism, the two sides pressed for a joint fight against the global menace “without selectivity and double standards”, the joint statement said.

Putin conveyed Russia’s “strong support” to India’s bid for permanent membership of the UN Security Council, saying it is a “deserving and strong candidate that can bring an independent and responsible approach” within the world body.

Without naming Syria, Modi said, “We agree that an early political settlement through dialogue in West Asia is essential for restoring stability and containing extremism in the region. Indeed, all nations must come together, with sensitivity to each other, to address the challenges of our times.”

Wrapping up the talks, Modi said that just like he visited Russia twice this year, he looked forward to welcoming Putin in India next year for the BRICS Summit as well as the Annual Summit.

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    Ram yadav
    Dec 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm
    LONG LIVE TEAM MODI we love you SUPER PM of ENTIRE INDIA HISTORY we are with your sir please ignore JAYA CHADERS (Azad,advani,Sinha other jokers) we vote only BJP to kick out ITALIAN MAFIA jai sree ram
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      MyTake
      Dec 24, 2015 at 6:19 pm
      India can be a catalyst to world peace by bringing Russia, US and even China together. New world order should be of a nature where sense prevails. India always had that potential with its vast resources of human understanding and wisdom which the cherry picking "leaders" of "Independent" India withered away!
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      Brahmin_Misfits
      Dec 25, 2015 at 2:16 pm
      As always, Russian machinery are the best in the world for mal-functioning and being misfits like a brahmin douche bag's brain. No wonder brahmin douche bags KING WHISPERED Modi MASTAN.
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        for_brahmin-future-CEOs
        Dec 24, 2015 at 10:30 pm
        Russian helis are supposed to fly twice. One upward flight and then a final free fall flight to earth. That's it. So total flights will be 452 flights. The only advantage of this deal is INCOMPETENT BRAHMINS WILL GET GOOD POSITIONS IN THE NEWLY FORMED ORGAN-RISING-SATIONS.
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        1. I
          intelligence
          Dec 25, 2015 at 1:24 am
          What happened to those brahmin scoundrels who boast of their criminal intelligence. Oh...they were cleaning Russian AZZ all these 68 years with their intelligence.
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            Your_life _for_a_song
            Dec 25, 2015 at 1:21 am
            Modi proves once more that he is not actually Modi but a MODIOT. Brahmin scoundrels have the shameless way of appeasing even if that requires to sacrifice their women folks' dignity. So why won't they sacrifice the entire Indian potion.
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              Kunal
              Dec 25, 2015 at 1:22 am
              Sir u r the one and only person that India trust on .. U r my hero
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                anilnath@hotmail
                Dec 25, 2015 at 6:04 am
                Eventually Washington and Moscow both will support Delhi. Best option for stan will be to ask US to act as its guarantor to secure its border for any apprehension it might have against Abe one(include India). AND work toward improving relations with India. This way stan can spend all the money it earns on its people. Give 10 years on this plan and stan will be the new found peace zone in the subcontinent. It can teach its people as much Islam as it like, which eventually can be a new form of Islam acceptable to the world.
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