2015 may be declared Year of India in Russia

Indian Ambassador to Russia P.S. Raghavan. Source. Indian Embassy in Moscow

Indian Ambassador to Russia P.S. Raghavan. Source. Indian Embassy in Moscow

The idea may be approved during the 15th annual Indo-Russian bilateral summit in December. Cultural activities connected with the Year of India in Russia in 2009 were well received across the country

2015 might be declared the Year of India in Russia, India’s Ambassador to Russia P. S. Raghavan said on Thursday.

“This initiative may be approved during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India due in two weeks,” he said. “We have drafted many events and initiatives in various spheres to be held in many Russian regions in 2015. We also invite all representatives of Russian constituent regions to the Indian embassy in Moscow to present their regions.”

He said the “potential of informing” about possibilities for mutually beneficial Russian-Indian cooperation was underused at the regional level.

Meetings, cultural festivals, exhibitions and cultural festivals were held across Russia in 2009, the last time the Year of India was marked in the country. Performances of Indian musicians and dance troupes, as well as film festivals were well received during the year.

Russia and India agreed to extend a cultural cooperation agreement earlier this month when Russian Deputy Minister of Culture Elena Milovzorova visited India.

Indian diplomatic outreach to Russian regions

The Indian Embassy in Moscow has been at the forefront of reaching out to areas beyond Moscow, with diplomats regularly visiting many Russian regions.

The mission also organises business meetings to help boost bilateral trade.  This month, the embassy along with the Astrakhan authorities jointly organized a presentation on trade, business and investment opportunities in the Astrakhan region. The regional administration and investment agency of Astrakhan region made presentations on the potential for mutual cooperation in trade and investment sectors. Agro-processing, shipbuilding, oil and gas, renewable energy, aquaculture and logistics were identified as major areas with considerable potential for mutual collaboration. A presentation was made by an Indian company in logistics sector with emphasis on activating the North South transport corridor.

Last week, a group of students and faculty members from the Institute for International Relations and World History of Lobachevsky State University and from the International Affairs Department and the Translation and Interpretation Department of the Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod visited the Indian Embassy. Representatives of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ office in Nizhny Novgorod accompanied the group, which visited various wings of the embassy to get acquainted with its functioning.

Information from an article published by TASS was used in this article

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