Prime Minister Modi is interested in the joint production of weapons with Russia in India for sale to third countries
Vladivostok/New Delhi, September 3 () On the eve of his talks at the summit with Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he shared a special chemistry with the Russian president and is interested in technology transfers so that the two parties can make army equipment in India at lower prices to export to third countries.
Modi, the first prime minister to visit the Russian city of Vladivostok, in the Far East, should hold extensive talks with President Putin on Wednesday before his departure to the Russian port city.
I am sure that this visit will give a new vector, a new energy and a new impetus to relations between our countries, Modi said in an interview with the state news agency TASS of Russia.
Russia and India will sign about 15 documents, including some in the technical-military sectors, in the framework of the 20th Russian-Indian summit that will take place outside the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), according to a Tass report. .
The Russian-Indian association has gone beyond the framework of military and technical cooperation, Modi said.
We are close friends. And as close friends, we must think about what we can do together in the future, he said.
We do not want to limit ourselves only to the relationships between the client and the seller of military technologies. We are sure of the technology transfer model. I have said several times about this and we have even begun to move in this direction. Modi said.
Today, as long as technologies are transferred, the production of military equipment can be cheap in India. And we can supply these weapons to third countries at very low prices. India and Russia need to take this opportunity, he added. famous.
He also spoke about the manned space mission of India, the Gaganyaan project, and said Russia will help train the country's astronauts.
Commenting on his personal relationships with President Putin, the prime minister said he has special chemistry with him.
We sit and talk, walk and talk. There is a special chemistry in our relationships, a special facility. We will have a lot of time during this forum. I hope we can discuss many issues, Modi said. .
He emphasized the importance of mutual trust in relations between Russia and India, and described it as a special achievement.
I had the opportunity to meet with President Putin for the first time in 2001. I came to Moscow with the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was the prime minister of a state (Gujarat), and this was our first meeting.
However, Putin did not make me feel less important; It was from a small state or it was new. He treated me amicably, like a friend. This opened the doors of friendship, Modi said.
We have discussed not only the problems related to our states; We have talked about various topics, our hobbies, global issues. We speak openly, as partners. He is a very interesting person to talk to, and I admit that we have enlightening conversations.
Prime Minister Modi will participate in the 2019 Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) as the main guest.
This forum is not limited to a mere exchange of views. We have been preparing for this forum for six months, Modi said.
He noted that a large delegation from the Far East of Russia visited India and the chief ministers of India, ministers and businessmen visited the Far East and saw it with their own eyes.
The prime minister also said he is ready to make efforts to ensure that the EEF helps boost and expand economic relations between India and Russia. That's why I think the Eastern Forum is a very important event, he said. AKJ GSN AKJ