Narendra Modi Russia visit: Prime Minister Modi on Friday visited the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. The PM is in Russia on the third leg of his four-nation trip. PM Modi also visited the Datsan Gunzechoinei Buddhist Temple in Saint Petersburg and presented the Head Priest of the temple with ‘Ugra Kujur’. The Prime Minister also met Tigran Sargsyan Chairman of Eurasian Economic Commission and former PM of Armenia, in St Petersburg.
Russia reiterated its support for India’s candidature for a permanent seat in the reformed United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The two leaders resolved to enhance cooperation in multinational platforms such as WTO, G20, BRICS, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). India is currently not a permanent member of the SCO but will get that distinction in the organisations next meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan which will be held on June 8 and June 9, as reported by the Indian Express.
India and Russia have agreed to build an energy bridge and enhance cooperation between the two countries. The two nations have decided to extend energy cooperation in the fields of nuclear, hydrocarbon, hydel and renewable resources. The two sides will also work towards improving energy efficiency, as per the Indian Express
During the Prime Minister’s visit, both nations have decided to upgrade and intensify defence cooperation. Both nations have decided to codevelop and then co-produce key defence hardware. A vision document, released after the talks stated that both India and Russia will work towards a higher level of military-to-military cooperation. The statement said that bilateral defence cooperation is built on strong mutual trust and it will grow further, according to an Indian Express report.