Along with attending the EEF, he also met President Vladimir Putin of Russia for the annual bilateral summit meeting at the sideline of the EEF. Over a period of time, India has cemented its place in the global polity not only as an economic power but also a leading technological player. It is in this context, the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Russia has been quite significant. This is because, Russia, wants Indian investment in its Far East which will give a new dimension to the economic developments of this region. It will also “reboot” the strategic significance of this region which is located adjacent to the Indo-Pacific region. By inviting Indian Prime Minister as Chief Guest at the EEF, the Russian policymakers demonstrated that they are putting both India and China on equal footing in recent years though at a “normative framework’. It may be recalled here that only last year (2018), Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the Forum as the Chief Guest.
Russia’s Far East which is considered to be an isolated geopolitical entity couple of years back is assuming the centre stage in recent years in the “geopolitical map” of Eurasia. The opening up of the Arctic region along with the growing significance of the Northern Sea Route (NSR), emergence of rising economies in the adjoining regions like China, South Korea, Vietnam and Japan, strategic realignment in the periphery of the Far East are some of the factors heightening t