“Good time together,” PM Modi-Vladimir Putin at Russian ship

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Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before their meeting on the sidelines of the the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, September 4, 2019.

Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled on a boat with Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Zvezda shipbuilding complex, the first stop in his two-day visit to the Russian Far East Region. “Strong winds propelling the India-Russia relationship! PM @narendramodi and Russian President Putin spending quality time together on board a ship on their way to ‘Zvezda’ Shipbuilding Complex,” MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. In a video released by the government, PM Modi, in a dark bandhgala, and President Putin were seen sitting together on the boat on the way to the shipyard.  They walked together to the boat and in a special gesture; President Putin decided to accompany PM Modi. The two leaders reportedly discussed cooperation between the two nations in ship-building. After the boat ride, PM Modi tweeted, he was “deeply moved by Russian President’s gesture, which will make a huge contribution to the development of shipping in the Arctic,” PM Modi tweeted.