India is keen to collaborate on a partnership regarding the development of the Northern Sea Route, recognising the potential it holds for enhanced connectivity and trade
This was stated by Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Minister of AYUSH, Government of India, during a meeting with the Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic Alexei Chekunkov in Vladivostok.
The relationship between Russia and India has deep historical roots and is based on mutual respect and common interests. We remain committed to maintaining strong ties and developing strategic cooperation in various sectors, said Sonowal while attending the 8th Eastern Economic Forum meeting in Vladivostok, held from September 10-13.
India and Russia will explore the possibility of using new transport corridors such as the Northern Sea Route and Eastern Maritime Corridor between Vladivostok and Chennai to widen maritime cooperation, Sarbananda Sonowal added.
With the support from the Russian government, our team visited the ports of Vladivostok, Vostochny, Nakhodka and Kozmino in May, 2023, which helped us gain insights and collaboration forged during the visits to these ports has contributed to our understanding of requirements for the full-scale operationalisation of the Eastern Maritime Corridor (EMC), he said.