PM Narendra Modi Friday reiterated India’s commitment, as part of its Act East Policy, to work as a reliable partner of Russia in President Vladimir Putin’s vision for development of the Russian Far East. Addressing the sixth Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Modi stressed on the importance of greater economic and commercial engagement between the two sides in line with the ‘Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership’.
The friendship between India and Russia has stood the test of time, said Modi. “Most recently it was seen in our robust cooperation during the Covid-19 pandemic including in the area of vaccines. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of the health and pharma sectors in our bilateral cooperation,” he said.
Expressing happiness that the Chennai-Vladivostok Maritime Corridor is making headway, Modi said this connectivity project will bring India and Russia physically closer.