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Sushma Swaraj in Russia, says Indo-Russian ties rock-solid, will move ahead

Said that there is a need to enhance ties with to achieve the target of 30 bn US dollars by 2025

ANI  |  Vladivostok 

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EAM Sushma Swaraj met Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Sergei Donskoi in Vladivostok

External Affairs Minister launched the Desk at the third Eastern Economic Forum in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok.

The Eastern Economic Forum this year is being held to present better conditions for doing business in the country's Far East in a bid to attract more foreign investment.

"External Affairs Minister at the historic launch of Desk, EEF 2017, Vladivostok, Russia," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.


Russian President will traditionally take part in the forum and speak at a plenary session dubbed "The Far East: Creating New Reality" on September 7.

Swaraj held talks with the Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Sergei Donskoi, and said that India-ties are rock solid and will move forward.

Both the ministers met on the sidelines of the India-Business Dialogue of the Eastern Economic Forum at Vladivostok in on Thursday.

"The relationship between and is such that every Russian citizen has valued ties with and I want to take that deep relationship forward," Sushma said.

The External Affairs Minister also held a bilateral meeting with Russian Foreign Minister and discussed ways to take the economic ties forward.



She added that the dialogue should aim to bridge the knowledge gap between businesses of both countries, adding that was keen to expand its economic ties with Russia's resource-rich Far East and sought the Russian Government's assistance in facilitating Indian investors in the region.

Swaraj further said under the 'Make in India' and 'Start-up India' programmes, the Indian Government has made concerted efforts to attract technology, investments and best practices from around the world.

"The business dialogue between the two nations should exist to identify areas of common interest and potential with focus on mutual strengths and complementarity," Swaraj said while speaking on the occasion in Russian port city Vladivostok.

Swaraj said that there is a need for enhancing trade, commerce and investment with the to achieve the target of 30 billion US dollars by the year 2025.

Attaching importance to the opportunities in the Russian Far East, and to its strategic partnership with Russia, Sushma said, "The is one of the richest regions in the world and is among the fastest growing large economies of the world. There is lot that can be done together. When other markets are closing we need to find new ones and create virtuous cycles of investment. Investment is in the ultimate analysis an act of faith."

The EEF is considered as the biggest international communication platform for cooperation between businesses leaders and senior government representatives from Russia, the Pacific Region and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

First Published: Thu, September 07 2017. 11:42 IST