Indo-Russia friendship beyond ‘give, take’: PM Modi

Moscow, Dec. 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Russia for always standing with India during the nation’s difficult times and said that the friendship between the two nations was not restricted to ‘give and take’.

While addressing the Indian community in Moscow during his two-day bilateral visit to Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that when Russia stood by India in times of war, ‘our soldiers won the day’.

He also took the opportunity to appreciate Russians for being the best tourists.

“Russians are the best tourists. I want to urge every Indian to ensure that at least five Russian families visit India by their efforts,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi said that at the end of the 20th century, the world said that the 21st century would be Asia’s century, but couldn’t decide who would lead the day. Adding to that idea, he said that the way things were headed, it is clear that India would play a key role.

“Today all agencies describe India as the fastest growing economy in the world with most promise. India has 800 million youth below 35 years which is about 65 percent of the entire population. The country that is so young, has young dreams,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi acknowledged that India faced various problems but also added that the nation wasn’t one of those who will only cry about the problems. “We are finding solutions to the problems we face,” he said.

“Those who saw India only as a market are now seeing India as a manufacturing hub. India and Russia are working on nuclear energy and are also working together to contribute in solving global warming. Today whenever the world takes a decision, India has a role to play,” he added.

Highlighting the importance of the Indo-Russian friendship, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “Our friendship with Russia can create prosperity in the entire Eurasian region”.

He also noted that several places across Russia marked the ‘International Day of Yoga’ on June 21.

“In Russia, they observed Yoga day in 200 locations. 45-50,000 people participated in Yoga programmes,” he said.

The Prime Minister also said that his short visit to Russia has been extremely productive and fruitful. (ANI)

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