Modi leaves for France after wrapping up Russian Federation visit

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"In the last 40 years, there has been a border dispute between India and China but not even a single bullet has been fired (between the two sides)", Modi said at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in reply to a question about India's proximity to Russian Federation and its differences with China.

In a speech at an economic forum, and in a subsequent question-and-answer session, Modi made his case forcefully to frequent applause, as he touched on subjects as diverse as relations with China, terrorism, Donald Trump, the Vedas and the power of youth.

The Latest on St. Petersburg economic forum (all times local): 5:05 p.m. President Vladimir Putin has ridiculed the USA focus on the Russian ambassador's contacts with members of President Donald Trump's team, saying that the envoy was only doing his job. "We are respectful toward all Indian interests", he said, citing the deep defence relations between the two countries.

"We know what is the relation between China and Russian Federation. We're supposed to get rid of ours", the US President lashed out, adding that "compliance with the terms of the Paris Accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the US could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025". He said that over the last three years as Prime Minister, the Union Government is making progressive decisions on all fronts.

In US director Oliver Stone's edgy new interview series, Russian leader Vladimir Putin says he believes intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is no traitor and appears to confirm multiple assassination plots have targeted him.

"We are ready to support bilateral business projects, that include equal, constructive partnership and cooperation", he said.

"Fifty cities need metros, 500 cities need solid waste management and drinking water". He said Gujarat was the fourth government is the world which had set up a department for environment protection.

"The sky is the limit in India".

Noting the importance of security for investors, the Prime Minister said that India's vibrant democracy and use of English go a long way in ensuring a sense of security. He spoke of expanding and modernizing the railway network. He said all these represented great opportunities for investment. A nation of 1.2 billion people invites the world. "In the spirit of "Sky is the limit", I once again invite you", he told the business leaders.

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