Prime Minister Recalls his 2001 Visit to Russia Ahead of State Visit Tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will commence his official state visit to Russia from Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 and the welcome ceremony is slated to be a cultural extravganza with twin cultural programs, Abhinandan & Abhivyakti.

Both events envisage performance of Indian art forms (classical and folk dances) by Russian artists reflecting the importance of Inter-cultural understanding. ‘Abhinandan’ seeks to portray the assimilation of India’s performing arts traditions by Russian artistes.

Optimistic about the outcome of the visit, PM Narendra Modi said, "Today I will commence my visit to Russia, my first bilateral visit after we formed the Government. I am very optimistic about the outcome of this visit… My mind goes back to 2001. I had just assumed charge as Gujarat CM and had accompanied Atal ji (Atal Behri Vajpayee, then PM) to Russia. This was, perhaps, one of the first India-Russia annual Summits, a practice that goes on till date. "

After the welcome ceremony, Prime Minister will visit Russia’s National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC) in Moscow. The NCMC is a multi level coordination centre designed to provide inter-agency coordination in case of emergency situations, including real time monitoring, data collection, analysis and modelling. It uses global navigation satellite systems and global monitoring technologies based on remote sensing.

The Moscow based NCMC processes information from across Russia and is capable of monitoring industrial facilities, crowded areas, tsunami threats, other natural disasters etc. India requires similar centre in view of increasing natural disasters frequently.

Otherwise, the visit will witness extensive deliberations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. There will be an interaction with Russian businesspersons to invite them to invest in India." I will also attend a ‘Friends of India’ programme. I am certain that this visit will substantially take forward the already strong people to people ties between our nations," said Modi before emabarking on his trip.

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