Vladimir Putin and Narendra Modi
Relations between Russia and India continue to develop the
most favorable way. As evidenced by the private meeting of the leaders of the
two countries and their involvement in the implementation of projects of
business cooperation. For example, it was well illustrated by the meeting
between the two leaders last year in Tashkent, and transfer to the first blog
for Kudankulam NPP.
Last year in the framework of Vladimir Putin’s working visit to Uzbekistan to
attend the anniversary SCO summit, the Russian president met with Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi. At this meeting the President of Russia noted in
particular, than ‘India is our privileged strategic partner. Relations between
our countries are built on long-standing traditions of friendship. This is fully
reflected in our close and effective cooperation in economic and international
I am sincerely glad that in the course of the SCO summit today, India signed a
memorandum of obligations as a step toward its status as a member of this
organization. I am sure that the membership will happen in the very near future
and that next year we will work with India within the framework of the SCO as a
full member of this organization. This will give us an opportunity to work even
more closely with our Indian friends now also within the SCO.
This year India has taken over the BRICS presidency. We are counting very much
on your leadership in the organization and hope that India’s presidency will
also help strengthen this widely recognized international organization, whose
influence is steadily growing’.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in turn said then: ‘I would like to thank
you for your constructive support of India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers
Group. Today, we launched the process of India’s acquiring full SCO membership.
I know that you have played a highly constructive role and I thank you for this.
All of this goes to show what it means for India to have a true friend. I thank
you from the bottom of my heart’.
Also last year there was the event a very important for business relations of
the two countries — inauguration ceremony of Unit 1 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power
Plant. The ceremony took place in videoconference format, and Vladimir Putin
took part in the inauguration from the Kremlin (Moscow), Narendra Modi was in
India on the inauguration ceremony.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said: «Today is indeed a special day.
Today, Excellency Putin and I have the honour to dedicate Kudankulam Nuclear
Power Plant Unit 1. I am particularly grateful to President Putin for his
presence at this event. And I am delighted that Jayalalithaa ji, Chief Minister
of Tamil Nadu, is also present with us on this occasion.
Friends, in dedicating Kudankulam 1, we mark another historic step in
India-Russia relations. Its successful completion is not just another fine
example of the strength of our special and privileged strategic partnership. It
is also a celebration of our abiding friendship. And it is only a start of our
collaboration in this field.
It is perhaps not commonly known that at 1,000 megawatt, Kudankulam 1 is the
largest single unit of electrical power in India. In years ahead, we are
determined to pursue an ambitious agenda of nuclear power generation. At
Kudankulam alone, five more units of 1,000 megawatt each are planned. In our
journey of cooperation, we plan to build a series of bigger nuclear power
Friends, today’s event is also a joyful occasion for the team of Indian and
Russian engineers, scientists and technicians. We salute their dedication and
hard work and congratulate them for the fruits of their labour.
Friends, the story of human development has been of wide spread technological
advancement and growing economic prosperity.
But, as we all know, it has not been without burden on our environment. I have a
vision for India where achievements of our economic development are respectful
to mother earth, and where the engines of our industrial growth are increasingly
driven by clean energy. Kudankulam 1 is an important addition to India’s
continuing efforts to scale up production of clean energy in India. It also
signals our joint commitment to build pathways of partnership for green growth.
Excellency President Putin, the success of our joint efforts in nuclear power
generation is a proud achievement of our cooperation. It demonstrates our common
resolve to grown and build on new dimensions of our ties.
Above all, it showcases your personal commitment, consistent support and strong
leadership in transforming the substance and character of our relationship. For
this I am grateful to you, Mr President.
The people of India associate naturally and with great ease with the people of
your great country. And personally, I have always deeply valued our friendship.
It is, therefore, only fitting that today we join together to dedicate the
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant unit one to the strength and vigour of our
friendship and cooperation. Long live Indo-Russian friendship!’
Vladimir Putin said: ‘This is a big event for our Indian partner, for the
Russian company that carried out this project, and for all of us. The power
plant was built using the most advanced world technology, Russian technology,
and was built by Russian and Indian specialists working together.
Cooperation in nuclear energy is an important part of the privileged strategic
partnership between our countries. Our work together in this sector has great
importance for our countries’ development. This is not just about building a
nuclear power plant and putting it into operation, but is a large-scale project
to develop a new high-tech nuclear sector in India. This work involves transfer
of skills and training of personnel and specialists in this area.
Russia is well known as a leader on the international market for nuclear
technology and services. The nuclear power plants built by Russian specialists
are reliable and meet the very highest safety standards. We are sharing with our
Indian colleagues our experience and developments in this priority high-tech
Unit one is starting work at its nominal capacity and a second unit will also
come on line in the not so distant future, and this will substantially boost
India’s energy supply and bolster its economic position. Peaceful nuclear energy
development will be essential for a vast, powerful and rapidly growing country
like India to resolve its social and economic tasks.
Together with our Indian friends we have big plans in this sector. Work began on
the power plant’s third and fourth units in February this year. We plan to sign
a general framework agreement and loan protocol for the construction of the
third stage of the project by the end of this year. I would like to remind you
that this project is being carried out using funds provided by the Russian
Federation. Of the total project financing, 85 percent is in the form of a state
loan provided by Russia’.
In relations between the two countries is always important stability. Russia and
India demonstrates this stability of friendly relations for many years. Any
difficulties cannot stop our friendship and our business ties. At one of a
bilateral meetings Vladimir Putin stressed:
‘As we all know, unfortunately, there has been a certain slump in our trade and
economic cooperation. This is primarily due to external factors, of course:
fluctuations in demand and supply, currency volatility. Therefore, our main task
here is to use every opportunity to diversify Russian-Indian relations and to
actively promote projects in such areas as high technologies, aviation and
machine building, medicine and the diamond industry.
This is further promoted through regular contacts between Russia’s Chamber of
Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and
Industry, between the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and the
Confederation of Indian Industry. I would like to note that leading Russian
companies have gained a strong foothold on the Indian market and are actively
involved in upgrading the Indian production base and developing its
infrastructure. Among them are Rosatom, Gazprom, Russian Railways, Silovyie
Mashiny, Lukoil, Sistema, Rosneft and Renova’.