Monday, December 24, 2012

Prime Minister’s Statement At 13th India-Russia Annual Summit -- Theek Hai :) !!

Defence Documents signed : 

1. Contract for Delivery of 71 Mi-17V-5 helicopters. An order for procurement of 59 Mi-17 v5 MLH was agreed to in Feb 2010, which was subsequently increased to 71. The current contract is in context of the order.

2. Contract for Delivery of 42 technological kits for SU-30MKI aircraft licensed production. The Protocol-II on licensed manufacturing of additional 42 SU-30MKI aircraft units was signed during Annual Summit 2011. The current contract is a follow up to this Protocol.

Prime Minister’s statement at13th India-Russia Annual Summit

Distinguished Representatives of the Media,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

"It is my great pleasure to welcome His Excellency President Vladimir Putin to India for the 2012 India – Russia Annual Summit. President Putin is a valued friend of India and the original architect of the India-Russia strategic partnership. I conveyed to President Putin our deep appreciation for his long-standing and personal commitment to this partnership.

This morning, we undertook an extensive review of our multi-faceted bilateral cooperation, especially in energy, defence, space, trade and investment, science and technology, education, culture and tourism. The documents signed during this visit will further strengthen the framework for our cooperation.

The development of our nuclear energy programme has been a key pillarof our strategic partnership. Construction of Unit 1 of the Kudankulam NuclearPower Project is now complete, and power generation will commence shortly. India appreciates deeply the support extended by Russian engineers and scientists in this project. We look forward to the completion of Unit 2 next year.

Negotiations for the construction of Units 3 and 4 at Kudankulam have made good progress. We intend to continue implementing the Road map for cooperation in the nuclear energy sector that was signed during President Putin’s visit in 2010 as the then Prime Minister of Russia.

Our energy cooperation also extends to the oil and natural gas sectors. Iconveyed to President Putin India’s interest in deepening cooperation in this area,including through mutual investments and joint projects in third countries.

Russia is a key partner in our efforts to modernize our armed forces and enhance our defence preparedness. A number of joint design, development and production projects are underway in high technology areas. We expressed satisfaction that these projects are progressing well.

I congratulated President Putin on Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization. Russia’s deeper integration into the global economy will present more opportunities for the business communities in both countries. Our bilateral trade has grown by over 30% this year. There is still untapped potential in areas suchas pharmaceuticals, fertilizers, mining, steel, information technology, civil aviation,telecommunications, infrastructure, food processing, innovation and services, which we will work to exploit. We have asked our inter-governmental and business level groups to recommend specific steps for enhancing bilateral trade and investment flows.

Our science and technology cooperation remains robust. President Putin and I welcomed the operationalization of the India-Russia Joint Science and Technology Centres in India and Russia, which can assist the development and commercialization of promising technologies, including in nano-technology, bio-medicine and super-computing. I particularly welcome the agreement on cooperation in using the GLONASS satellite navigation system that has just been signed.

We also discussed regional and global issues, on many of which there is amarked congruence in our approach. Our consultations in international fora, such asthe UN Security Council and BRICS, have deepened during the year. I congratulated President Putin on Russia’s assumption of the Chair of G-20. We look forward toworking closely with Russia in promoting reform of global economic and internationalstructures of governance.

India and Russia share the objective of a stable, united, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan, free from extremism, terrorism and external interference.We reviewed the ongoing developments in Afghanistan, and agreed to work together against threats posed by extremist ideologies and drug trafficking. We also discussed the situation in West Asia, and agreed to continue consultations.

This year marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Russia. We deeply value Russia’s steadfast friendship and support for India, unaffected by global developments. This relationship has a special place in the hearts and minds of Indians and India remains committed to further deepening it.

I once again extend a very warm welcome to President Putin and his delegation, and wish him and the people of Russia the very best for the New Year."

Thank you , Jai Hind

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