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Warm reception for PM Modi in cold Russia

PrimeMinister Narendra Modi is on a two-day-visit to Russia where he and Russian President Vladimir Putin held 16th India-Russia Summit at the Kremlin.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday held the annual India-Russia Summit in Moscow to further strengthen the already close bilateral strategic partnership.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi disembarks from an aircraft upon his arrival at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, Russia on December 23, 2015. (Source: Reuters)

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In his pre-departure statement, PM Modi said trade ties between India and Russia can increase even further, to benefit not only the two nations but also the world. "Today I will commence my visit to Russia, my first bilateral visit after we formed the Government. I am very optimistic about the outcome of this visit," Modi said. (Source: PTI)

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"Our relation with Russia is unique, covering almost every field of human endeavour," said Modi before leaving for Moscow. The "time-tested" partners are likely to ink a number of pacts in a range of sectors, including nuclear energy and defence, after the 16th summit talks between the two countries at the highest level which have been taking place alternately in Moscow and New Delhi since 2000.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspecting a guard of honour on his arrival at Vnukovo-2 Airport in Moscow on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

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Putin hosted Modi for a tete-e-tete at the Kremlin followed by a private dinner during which both leaders touched upon issues of mutual interests for both countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Source: Reuters)

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Besides bilateral issues, Modi and Putin are likely to deliberate on a number of global issues having political dimensions, including the situation in Syria and ways to tackle terrorism.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had yesterday said that India expects to sign a number of agreements covering a very broad range of fields. He said expanding economic ties would be a "very big priority" as the two countries were aiming at enhancing annual bilateral trade to USD 30 billion over the next 10 years from current USD 10 billion.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talk during their dinner in the Kremlin in Moscow. (Source: Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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The two sides are expected to sign a number of pacts to expand cooperation in a number of key areas including defence, nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and trade. In the nuclear energy sector, India is expected to offer a site in Andhra Pradesh to set up units five and six of Kudankulam nuclear power plant. It is expected that both countries will seal a number of defence deals as well.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a restricted meeting in Green Room, Kremlin, Moscow on Thursday. (Source: PTI)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has gifted Prime Minister Narendra an 18th century sword from Bengal and a page from Mahatma Gandhi's diary containing his handwritten notes.
The 18th century sword from Bengal belonged to the Najafi Dynasty.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanging official gifts during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

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Vladimir Putin presented Prime Minister Narendra Modi a page from Mahatma Gandhi's diary containing Gandhiji's handwritten notes, in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Russia's premier crisis management centre which deals with emergency situations and ensures coordination among various relevant agencies. He spent around half-an-hour at the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC), popularly known as EMERCOM, the short form of Emergency Control Ministry. PM was briefed about round-the-clock functioning of various wings of the agency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a visit to EMERCOM –the National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC), in Moscow, Russia. (Source: PTI)

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The NCMC is a multi-level coordination centre designed to provide inter-agency coordination and alert the people about the threat of emergency situations. The capabilities of the NCMC include state-of-art real time monitoring, data collection, analysis and modelling. The NCMC processes information from across Russia and is capable of monitoring industrial facilities, crowded areas, tsunami threats, other natural disasters etc. (Source: PTI)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier outside the Kremlin Wall in Moscow, Russia.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was designed by architects D I Burdin, V A Klimov, Yu R Rabayev and sculptor Nikolai Tomsky. The memorial was unveiled to the public on May 8, 1967. (Source: Pool photo via AP)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a war memorial dedicated to Soviet soldiers killed in World War II. The remains of the unknown soldiers killed in the Battle of Moscow in 1941 were initially buried in a mass grave of the Shtyki Memorial at the 40th km of the Leningrad highway at the city of Zelenograd. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the battle, in December 1966, these remains were relocated to the Kremlin in the Alexander Garden.