Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday arrived at Moscow, on a three-day visit to Russia.

“Both countries recognise the significant mutual benefit we derive from working together. I will utilise my visit to further expand our bilateral cooperation and further consolidate our coordination on regional and global issues. This is in our national interest and in the interest of global peace and prosperity,” the PM said.

“I am convinced that India-Russia consultation on global issues is more necessary today than ever before. Our bilateral relations with Russia are based on mutual trust, friendship and shared interests. Our relations encompass diverse sectors, including nuclear energy, defence, space, science and technology, hydrocarbons, trade and investment and people-to-people exchanges,” added Mr. Singh.

Noting that this year’s India-Russia Annual Summit was taking place against the backdrop of a complex International environment, Singh said he was “looking forward to an indepth exchange of views with the Russian leadership on the crisis facing the global economy and the political developments in our extended neighbourhood, including West Asia, Gulf and Afghanistan and the impact of all this on peace and stability in the world.

During the visit, Singh will discuss with Russian President Medvedev ways to further enhance consultations in International forums like the United Nations Security Council, G 20, BRICS as well as the East Asia Summit which Russia has recently joined. 

Manmohan Singh also said that he would meet Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during his visit.