Old Friend Is Better Than 2 New Friends: Modi At BRICS

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Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President held bilateral talks on saturday on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa.

India and Russia signed key Memorandum of Understandings in many areas like railways, smart cities, Kudankulam Nuclear plant, ship building and many more.

In total 16 agreements were signed between the two countries. Issuing a joint press conference along with Putin, PM Modi hailed decades long Indo-Russia friendship.

Addressing the media, the PM said, “An old friend is better than two new friends.” Heaping words of praise on the Russian President, PM Modi said: “I am aware of your deep affection for India. Your personal attention has been a source of strength in our relationship.”

“In a complex and changing global context, your leadership has provided stability and substance to our strategic partnership,” the PM asserted.

Lauding Moscow’s efforts on denouncing terrorism, PM Modi said, “We deeply appreciate Russia’s understanding and support of our actions to fight cross-border terrorism that threatens our entire region.”

: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President held bilateral talks on Saturday on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Goa.

India and Russia signed key Memorandum of Understandings in many areas like railways, smart cities, Kudankulam Nuclear plant, ship building and many more.

In total 16 agreements were signed between the two countries. Issuing a joint press conference along with Putin, PM Modi hailed decades-long Indo-Russia friendship.

Addressing the media, the PM said, “An old friend is better than two new friends.” Earlier PM Modi welcomed Putin with a warm message on his Twitter account. He said: “India welcomes you, President Putin! Wishing you a fruitful India visit. @KremlinRussia_E,” the Prime Minister tweeted as he also posted a message in Russian.

Putin, who arrived today to attend the BRICS summit in Goa, was accorded a grand welcome at the Dabolim airport, where he was received by Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and VK Singh.