India and Russia have agreed to open a maritime
route between the ports of Chennai and Vladivostok to ensure connectivity
between the two countries.
A Memorandum of Intent was signed between the
Indian Ministry of Shipping and Russia's Ministry of Transport for the
development of maritime communications between the ports of Chennai and
Vladivostok in Russia's Far East Region after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's
talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Modi first Indian PM to visit Russian Far East Region
Prime Minister Modi, who arrived in Russia on a
two-day visit on Wednesday, is the first Indian prime minister to visit to the
Russian Far East Region. He will also attend the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF)
"Opening of this route between Chennai and
Vladivostok assumes significance because it ensures there will be connectivity
between the two major ports which will give impetus to the cooperation between
India and the Russian Far East," Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale
told reporters here.
opens up a shorter sea route from India to Northern Europe thru Vladivostok
The foreign secretary said this will open up a
new and shorter sea route from India to Northern Europe via Vladivostok. He
also indicated that there may not be immediate shipping service between Chennai
and the Far eastern Russian Port. But the sea route has huge potential in
future he said.
optimistic about manpower exports as Russia has shortage of labor
Mr.Gokhale said India is looking not just at the
energy sector in Russia but also the resources, forestry and agriculture
sectors. He said Mr.Modi proposed and Putin was also optimistic about manpower
exports as Russia has a shortage of labor and "in this context the MoU on
opening a route between Chennai and Vladivostok assumes significance."