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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was also to visit Vladivostok, along with Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

"I will wait for you", he said, wrapping up his statement on talks with PM Modi.

He said he was honoured to be the first-ever Indian PM to be coming to Vladivostok.

Russian Federation and India in 2015 signed a $1 billion agreement to jointly make Kamov Ka-226 military helicopters, part of the "Make in India" initiative to encourage foreign companies to manufacture their products there.

In his departure statement ahead of his visit to Russia, Modi had said that strong bilateral partnership is complemented by a desire to promote a multi-polar world. "We have put people at the core of this relationship", he added.

The PM said India-Russia friendship has benefited the people of both the nations.

And the Indian leader said he planned to discuss tiger conservation with Mr Putin, a lover of big cats. "Both Russia and India believe not to interfere in the internal matters of any country and that includes Afghanistan".

All issues existing between India and Pakistan should be resolved through dialogue on the basis of the 1972 Simla Agreement and the Lahore declaration, Russian Envoy to India, Nikolay Kudashev had said last week.

Gokhale said India may announce investment in new oil fields in Russian Federation and something concrete may come up on import of LNG from Russian Federation. You pay personal attention to the expansion of our particularly privileged strategic partnership. As two integral friends, we have met regularly. "I've spoken to you over telephone on several issues, I've never felt any hesitation".

Recalling his first meeting with Putin in 2001, he said, "Then (in 2011) I arrived in Moscow with the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin. "It's a matter of honour for the 1.3 billion Indians".

Modi will attend the 5th Eastern Economic Forum as a chief guest at the invitation of Putin.

The EEF is held annually with the objective of facilitating accelerated development of the Russian Far East's economy and expanding global cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Before the summit, the two leaders will reportedly visit Zvezda shipbuilding complex - the ships built there in future may be used to deliver Russian oil and LNG to India.

At the shipyard, Modi interacted with the management and workers of the plant.

"It is also the best platform to provide more business, investment as well as new cooperation especially in the fields of science and technology in line with developments in the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) in the interest of national economic development", the statement added.

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