Speech at meeting with Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
President Vladimir Putin:
Mr Prime Minister, let me once again wish you a warm welcome to Moscow. I think we spent a useful and pleasant several hours in discussion yesterday. Our talks began yesterday evening. Today I would like to once again note the intensity with which ties between India and the Russian Federation are developing.
Our ties are developing in the political sphere, on the international stage, and we are very glad of this, but they are also strengthening in the area of military-technical cooperation and in the economic sphere in general. We are seeing positive growth in our economic relations. During our best years, the 1980s, Russia accounted for approximately $3.5 billion of the foreign trade turnover between the Soviet Union and India. Over the first nine months of 2003, we have reached a figure of $2 billion. There is room for further growth, but the pace is good.
There is plenty for us to discuss, as we share many mutual interests and problems. We are very pleased to see you here, Mr Prime Minister.
Speech at enlarged Russian-Indian talks
President Vladimir Putin:
Mr Prime Minister, esteemed Indian colleagues, friends, allow me to welcome you once again to Moscow.
The Indian Prime Minister's official visit to Russia is without doubt a major event in Russian-Indian relations this year. Almost a year has gone by since our last summit, which was held in your country. This year has seen a lot of substantial work take place to implement the agreements that we reached in New Delhi.
Both yesterday and today we have held talks with the Prime Minister, and these talks reaffirm our conviction that this visit will serve as an important milestone in strengthening the strategic partnership between our two countries, between India and the Russian Federation.
List of documents signed between India and Russian Federation during Prime Minister Vajpayee's visit to Moscow
1. Indo-Russian Political Declaration on Global Challenges and Threats to World Security and Stability:
The Joint Declaration signed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and the President of the Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Putin is aimed at further enhancing political cooperation between the two countries in dealing with challenges and threats presently faced by the world. In the Declaration, the two countries have noted international terrorism, transnational organised crime, illicit drug trafficking, money laundering, certain aspects of globalisation and environmental and developmental challenges as major issues that require collective efforts. India and Russia have declared that dialogue, consultation and cooperation should be the means to promote global peace, security and stability, for which the two countries are committed to cooperate as strategic partners both bilaterally and at the multilateral level. It is particularly emphasised that the United Nations should continue to play a leading role in this regard. The two countries underlined that in the era of globalisation, true multiplurality, in all its aspects, will be attained by preserving pluralism.
2. Protocol between the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on Joint Publication of Bilateral Archive (Diplomatic) Documents:
Ministry of External Affairs of India and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will jointly prepare and publish a compilation of archive (diplomatic) documents relating to relations between the two countries. Joint efforts will be made to organise both the already published documents and those which have yet not been published.
3. MOU between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Russian Aviation and Space Agency on Cooperation (Rosaviakosmos) in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes:
The MOU outlines various technical areas of ongoing and prospective Cooperation between ISRO and Rosaviakosmos for the use of outer space for peaceful purposes.
4. Agreement on Scientific Cooperation and Scientific Exchange between the Department of Science and Technology and the Russian Academy of Science:
The mutually beneficial cooperation between scientific institutes and scientists of India and Russia will be carried out by combining research efforts of the two countries and joint utilization of R&D resources. Scientific cooperation will be conducted through joint research and development projects, joint workshops and symposia and use of 200 man-weeks per year for exchange of individual scientists for such purposes. Exchange of scientists would be conducted for project-based work, technology transfer, presentation of scientific lectures and exploring new avenues of scientific cooperation.
5. Memorandum of Understanding between Department of Science & Technology of the Government of India and the Russian Academy of Sciences for Establishment of Indo-Russian Science and Technology Centre for Gas Hydrate Studies:
For realizing the potential of gas hydrates in the continental margins and slopes of exclusive Economic Zones. The Centre is proposed to be established in National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai. The Department of Science and Technology and the Russian Academy of Sciences will support this programme under the bilateral Integrated Long Term Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology.
6. Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Science & Technology of the Government of India and the Russian Academy of Sciences for the establishment of the Indo-Russian Centre for Earthquake Research:
This Centre has been proposed to be set up at Indian Meteorological Department, New Delhi. The Centre would carry our research in basic applied management related studies in this area. It will undertake software and hardware development, technology transfer, joint manufacturing and commercialisation of seismological and geo-physical equipments. The Centre will also establish testing and collaboration facilities in India for standardization of seismological equipment. The Centre will be supported under Integrated Long Term Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology by the Department of Science and Technology and the Russian Academy of Science. The Joint Research Council will oversee the scientific programmes of the Centre.
7. Agreement on Scientific Cooperation and Scientific Exchange between the Indian National Science Academy and the Russian Academy of Sciences:
Both Academies would support fundamental research in science and technology with special emphasis on specifically chosen areas. They would be facilitated by exchange of scientific information, research visits, bilateral workshops and symposia.
8. Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation and the Government of the State of Andhra Pradesh of the Republic of India on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation:
This agreement is aimed at formalising cooperation between the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh and the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation in the field of trade and economy, science and technology and culture. The two sides will contribute in this direction, including by creating favourable legal, organisational, financial, economic and other necessary conditions. This agreement is in line with the efforts being made by India and Russia in promoting regional level cooperation between the two countries.
9. Joint Report on the Implementation of Steps Elaborated in the Joint Economic Declaration Signed During the Visit of President Putin to India in December 2002:
Under para 20 of the Joint Declaration on Strengthening and Enhancing Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, signed in December 2002 in New Delhi, the Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission was required by the two leaders to submit a Report to the Summit. This Joint Report deals with the implementation of the provisions of the Joint Declaration since the last Summit.
10. Memorandum of Understanding between the Bank of Foreign Trade (Vneshtorgbank) Russia and the Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Ltd. (ECGC):
The purpose of the MOU is to establish a framework for cooperation between the parties in supporting and encouraging trade and investments between India and Russia. The MOU covers sharing of information, training and consideration of schemes to facilitate investment.