India keen to strengthen partnership with Russia on Arctic subjects: PM Modi

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. [File]
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. [File] ANI

New Delhi: India is keen to strengthen its partnership with Russia on Arctic subjects and there is immense scope for cooperation in the field of energy as well, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday and reiterated support to all peaceful efforts to end the Ukraine conflict.

In an online plenary session address at the Eastern Economic Forum, being organised in the Russian city of Vladivostok and also attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Modi said India has been emphasising the need to adopt the path of diplomacy and dialogue since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict.

"We support all peaceful efforts to end this conflict," the prime minister said.

He also said Russia can become an important partner for the Indian steel industry through the supply of coking coal and there was scope for good cooperation in the mobility of talent.

"Indian talent has contributed to the development of many developed regions of the world. I believe that the talent and professionalism of Indians can bring about rapid development in the Russian Far East," he added. Referring to India's ancient doctrine "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam", Modi said, "It has taught us to see the world as a family and in today's globalised world, events in one part of the world create an impact on the whole world."

"The Ukraine conflict and the Covid pandemic have had a major impact on global supply chains. Shortages of food grains, fertilisers, and fuels are a major concern for developing countries. Since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict, we have stressed the need to take the path of diplomacy and dialogue," he said.

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