Seminar on Russian-Indian relations in Kolkata
The event was attended by BCC President Sitaram Sharma, other high-ranking members of the Chamber, prominent political scholars, including ex-Chief of Air Staff Arup Raha, representatives of the Kolkata Consular Corps, the local business elite, press and media.
Issues of political, economic and cultural interaction between Russia and India were discussed at the seminar. In his introductory speech Sitaram Sharma noted that relations with Russia have always been one of the most important foreign policy priorities for India. Indo-Russian ties of friendship, he said, are filled with sympathy, trust and openness, and these were never overshadowed by disagreements or conflict. This understanding is indeed the common heritage of our people, it is valued and cherished by both countries.
Alexey Idamkin in his address emphasized the fundamental importance of the traditionally strong friendship ties between Moscow and New Delhi. He highlighted the significant role of the informal meeting of the leaders of both countries in Sochi in May this year, as well as the annual Russia-India summits. The Consul General narrated about consistent efforts that Moscow and New Delhi make to further trade, economic and investment cooperation, among them development of collaborative mega projects, such as the construction of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
Participants were actively involved in questions and answers session, which gave the discussion a lively and informative character. The Consul General gave a short interview to the local TV channels.