Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a six-day European tour, arrived in Russia on Wednesday after his fruitful visit to Spain where he along with the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy signed seven agreements and five MoUs.
Modi's Russia tour started on June 1 with a visit to the Piskariovskoe cemetery, a memorial built for 500,000 Russians killed in Leningrad during World War II. After this, Modi attended the 18th India-Russia annual summit.
Along with these scheduled events, Modi will address the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. This will be the first time when India will be a partner country in this business event. The Indian Prime Minister is also expected to interact with the business leaders of both the countries.
But with all these formal and bilateral trade discussions between India and Russia, what is that one thing for which India is more focused?
The Indian side is likely to focus on Kudankulam power plant. Unit five and six of the plant are expected to be built in collaboration with a Russian company. This deal was to be signed by 2016 but the two sides had a difference over credit protocol.
Kudankulam power plant is the single largest nuclear power station in India, situated in Koodankulam in the Tirunelveli district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Construction on the plant began on March 31, 2002, but faced several delays due to opposition from local fishermen. KKNPP is scheduled to have six VVER-1000 reactors built in collaboration with Atomstroyexport, the Russian state company, and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited with an installed capacity of 6,000 MW of electricity.
Currently, the plant is running with two units. The third and fourth units are under construction.
The translation of PM Modi's tweet read, "Reached the historic city of St. Petersburg. Looking forward to a fruitful visit aimed at cementing India-Russia relations."
Before leaving for Russia, PM Modi called on King Felipe VI of Spain. Modi's Spain visit proved to be fruitful as various agreements related to civil aviation and cyber security were signed.