Growing ties with Pakistan will not affect relationship with India: Putin

Earlier on Friday, Modi attended for the first time the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an annual business and economic event hosted by the Russian President in city of St. Petersburg.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said that the position of Russian Federation on Kashmir is very clear and consistent and that "it's a sovereignty matter for India".

"President Putin mentioned that no other country, except India has the high level of close cooperation with Russian Federation on defence technology and this shows the comfort and the level of strategic convergence of interests between the countries", he said.

"All these facts show that Russian-Indian economic cooperation is returning to a growth trajectory, and we both have a stake in consolidating this positive trend", Putin said. "We agreed with the Prime Minister to continue to jointly develop and manufacture modern weapons systems". "We want to carry everyone along for development", he said.

Hours after the US President walked out of the Paris climate accord, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reiterated India's commitment to reducing carbon emission and leaving an earth which is "beautiful and pure" for the future generations.

Modi said he was asked a similar question in Germany earlier this week, before the United States decision was made public.

He shared the stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Austria and Moldova.

The Prime Minister said that the need of the hour is for all humanitarian forces to unite to save the world against terrorism. Among other initiatives, the Prime Minister mentioned the "bridge to innovation" to promote startups and entrepreneurship, and the forthcoming commencement of discussions on a Free Trade Agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union.

The Prime Minister said that the vision of "New India" will be enhanced through the "New Momentum" in relations between India and Spain. He welcomed President Putin's assertion yesterday that he will raise the matter at the United Nations.

Prime Minister Modi announced that a road in Delhi has been renamed after Ambassador Alexander Kadakin, whom he described as a friend of India, who passed away recently. Earlier in 2001, Modi, as Chief Minister of Gujarat, attended the SPIEF, being a part of the delegation of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

He will also invite foreign firms to share technology with local players relating to defence equipment to be manufactured in India.

  • Joanne Flowers