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India-Russia bilateral summit likely to be held in Oct: Envoy

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

annual bilateral summit this year is likely to be held in October, and the event would be the "high point" of the celebrations marking 70 years of diplomatic ties between the two nations, the country's here said today. of to also described the current ties between the two countries as "excellent". He was speaking to the media after receiving a at the sprawling embassy, which culminated in after completing a journey of nearly 9,000 km spanning 23 cities, starting from Bhilai in "This rally reflects the inseparable ties between the two countries. The rally has passed through many cities and places where and have collaborated on various projects. We already have held a number of events to mark the 70th anniversary," Kudashev said. "And, the high point of the celebrations, would be the (India-Russia) bilateral summit, expected to take place here in in October," he said. The last bilateral summit was held in St Petersburg, where had met Russian Modi had said that 70 years of the diplomatic relations between the two countries have been marked by a high degree of convergence on various bilateral and global matters. Asked if the ties have been enhanced as a result of the commemoration, the said, "Yes, definitely, it reflects the growing Indo-Russian ties." Kudashev also said there are multiple issues facing both the countries, from threat of terrorism and drug menace to building a sustainable environment, and promoting regional cooperation, especially for a larger Eurasia. Incidentally, the rally, organised by Bhubaneswar-based and supported by governments of and Russia, also passed through Kudankulam town in district in Tamil Nadu, besides, visiting Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Goa, Ajmer and Rishikesh. On Kudankulam power plant, the said, "It is a successful project. We are awaiting approval from the government of for our second plant, so that we can continue our contribution to the of " Asked what aspect of bilateral ties connect the two countries the most, Kudashev said, "People-to-people ties." "What connects us the most is the never-ending sympathy between people of the two countries, for each other.

It is the jewel in our ties. Already, 200,000 people tourists are travelling from to India, and 100,000 from to Russia, every year (on an average basis)," he said. The Russian also said, "Our trade is growing 20 pc every year. And, 8,000 students across the country (Russia) are studying in various universities." After finishing the leg, the nine cars, participating in the rally, would now move to on its way to then to "The leg would begin from in The team members will drive the cars through to reach Tehran, and then Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, and then enter Russia," of Kalinga Motor Sports Club, said. The next leg would begin late April and reach around mid-May, he said. (Eurasia) in the Ministry of External Affairs, G V Srinivas said the next leg of the rally will go through the International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC).

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 21:15 IST