PM Modi in Russian Federation

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2017

Refusing to be drawn into a debate on whether he supported or was opposed to President Donald Trump's action, Modi said he will take the side of the future generations and held the view that mankind can not exploit nature.

While speaking at the St Petersberg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2017, PM Modi invited the world and said: "I invite you all to come to India for the sake of development and change of fortune". "I quoted from 5000-year-old Vedas to say humans have a right to milk the nature but have no right to exploit it", he told the gathering in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I am simply talking about the aspirations or the dreams new India has for itself".

The prime minister then said three days ago when he was in Germany somebody had asked him the same question. "We have to make sure that we must leave behind a attractive and bountiful nature for our next generation". "I will go with the future generations".

"It is part of our thinking and for that reason we do not believe in exploitation of the nature". When asked if he will side with the U.S. or the other nations in the Paris deal, he said, "It is not a question of which way I go". They are investing in our country, we are investing there.

He said the world was focused on Asia, and therefore, naturally on India. "This does not include nuclear energy but is only solar, wind, biomass and hydro (power)".

He said India had been working to protect the environment even before the Paris deal reached in 2015. The prime minister said people were trying to "sensationalise" things.

He recalled that when he was the chief minister of Gujarat before 2014, the state had created a separate department for environment protection.

He said despite differences on the border issue, there has not been a single bullet fired across it in the last 40 years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres here on the the sidelines of an economic summit and stressed on multilateralism to address global challenges such as terrorism.

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