Mr Mikhail Ulyanov, Head of the Department of Non-Proliferation and Arms Control, MFA of Russia, during his visit to India to participate in the next round of bilateral consultations with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, on March 23-24, 2017 gave a lecture in the Indian Foreign Service Institute and answered numerous questions of experts, journalists, students and diplomats.
Mr Ulyanov focused on issues of the Russian-Indian cooperation in prevention of use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorists, non-placement of weapons in outer space and peaceful use of nuclear energy. Considerable attention was paid to the topic of the Indian membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group as well as coordination in the framework of the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missiles Proliferation, pushing forward negotiations within the Biological Weapons Convention and Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism.
Russia will not only welcome Indian talent but will also help to have comfortable stay in their country, which will be a win-win for both the countries, Russian Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov told ET amid proposed visa changes in the USA that might impact movement of professionals there in the future.
"We welcome Indian brains to Russia. We are open to high-skilled Indian workforce in Russia and help them settle down in our country. Indians and Russians have the best mathematicians in the world -- both have high-skilled workforce. The government of Russia will work towards this idea of welcoming Indian brains," Manturov told ET in an exclusive interview in Delhi last Friday.
The Russian minister, on his second visit to India in less than six months, is here as part of the celebrations on the occasion of 70 years of bilateral economic ties, and he will also create the ground for PM Narendra Modi's visit to St Petersburg for the International Economic Forum between June 1 and 3. Modi is the guest of honour at the Forum or SPIEF (St Petersburg International Economic Forum) with India as the guest country for the Forum, often described as the Davos of Eurasia.
Pointing out that SPIEF would be a perfect match making opportunity for the Indian corporate sector, Manturov said the PM's presence will add heft to the privileged and special Indo-Russian strategic partnership.
"We are currently in the process of giving final shape and fine tuning the agenda for SPIEF. The Forum held at an important year of bilateral ties will give a good opportunity for the businesses and corporate sectors." Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin will jointly address SPIEF that will include over 5000 business honchos, including some even from the West.
The minister listed heavy engineering, metallurgy, agriculture and farming as areas where India and Russia could work together to produce results besides the traditional areas. "I was in Chennai to attend an engineering meet where Russia was a partner country. The two sides are also looking to cooperate at the small and medium scale industries. We are exploring joint ventures in the SME sector. Besides the two sides can cooperate in certain areas of microbiology and pharmaceutical products.
Russia has made significant achievements in areas of pharmacy, including protein supplements. India can be a big market for such products."
When asked about Russian participation across industrial sectors under the Make in India initiative of the Modi government, Manturov said, "Such projects have to be economically viable. We expect that Russian industrial firms will have the advantage. I was on a business mission to Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Goa last October. The challenge is to increase bilateral trade to $30 bn from the current $7 bn by 2025."
We are announcing a logo design contest to mark the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Russia and India.
Professionals and amateurs, everyone is welcome to come up with any logo design that would reflect special cordial relations and a deep connection between our countries and peoples.
The winners will be awarded at a Reception at the Russian Embassy in April Please send your high resolution designs to the email box:
Deadline: Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Do not throw away your shot!
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On March 14-16, 2017, the 3rd Counter Terrorism Conference organized by India Foundation was held in New Delhi. The level of participants and the theme of the Forum – “Terrorism and the Indian Ocean” – proved its high importance and relevance. From India, Vice President H.Ansari, Minister of Home Affairs R.Singh, Minister of Railways S.Prabhu, Ministers of State for External Affairs M.J.Akbar and V.K.Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs K.Rijiju, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister A.Doval, MEA Secretary P.Saran addressed the audience. Among foreign delegates Prime Minister of Sri Lanka R.Wickremesinghe, Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal B.Nidhi, heads of law-enforcement, defence and legal agencies of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Israel, Oman, Singapore participated in the event. Representatives of diplomatic corps, academic circles and mass media also took part in the discussions.
The Russian delegation was represented by Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security, International Studies Institute, MGIMO, Dr A.I.Nikitin, Deputy Director of the Institute for the Commonwealth of Independent States Dr V.V.Evseev, Deputy Director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Dr V.D.Milovidov, Deputy Head of Desk of the Department of counteraction to financing of terrorism of the Russian Financial Control Service M.V.Kolinchenko. Reports of the Russian experts on the national approaches as well as practical measures in the fields of counter-piracy, ensuring security during huge public events and cooperation against terrorism in the regions of the Central Asia, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific were highly appreciated.
Alexander Novak held a meeting with Indian Minister of Oil and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and discussed the cooperation on Russia's Arctic shelf
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak held a meeting with Indian Minister of Oil and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and discussed the cooperation on Russia's Arctic shelf and deliveries of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to India, the Russian Energy Ministry said Wednesday.
"The sides discussed actual issues of the Russia-India collaboration in the oil and gas sphere. In particular, they discussed the cooperation in a joint search and development of hydrocarbons on the Russian Arctic shelf and production projects on the Russian territory," the statement read.
According to the Russian minister, the deliveries of the Russian LNG to India is a promising direction for the bilateral cooperation. "Taking into account the growing demand for the natural gas on the Indian market and the prospects of development of new LNG projects, the cooperation in the sphere of LNG trade gains a strategic character, which serves the interests of the energy cooperation between Russia and India," Novak said at the meeting with Pradhan on the sidelines of the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, Texas.
According to the ministry, Novak also held talks with Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak on the sidelines of the conference.