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PM Modi: Saw a different Putin when he spoke about kids

PTI
Published : May 22, 2018, 2:00 am IST
Updated : May 22, 2018, 2:00 am IST

Modi and Putin visited the educational centre and interacted with more than 700 students.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Russian President Vladimir Putin at Sochi, Russia, on Monday. (Photo: AP)
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Russian President Vladimir Putin at Sochi, Russia, on Monday. (Photo: AP)

Sochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday  said he saw a different Vladimir Putin who got emotional while talking about the students of Sirius Educational Centre — a unique educational centre set up on the initiative of the Russian President.

Mr Modi and Mr Putin visited the educational centre and interacted with more than 700 students.

Talking to students, Mr Modi said he was thankful to his friend President Putin who provided him an opportunity to meet the bright stars of Russia, referring to the students of the centre.

“I was with my friend for the whole day today. When he spoke about the kids (of the centre) he was emotionally involved. I saw dreams in his eyes. I saw a different person. I saw a Putin who was different from the President,” Mr Modi said as he held the hand of Mr Putin who was smiling.He asked the students how many of them were willing to visit India.

In response, all the students raised their hands, bringing a smile on the face of Modi who invited them to visit India and interact with Indian students. He also promised that he will spend time with them in India.

Later, the students took the autographs of the two leaders. The Sirius Educational Centre is a unique educational centre set up by the Talent and Success Educational Fund in 2015 on the initiative of President Putin and based at the Sochi Olympic facilities.

The main purpose of the project is to identify, develop and provide professional support for children demonstrating gifts in technical creativity, art, the natural sciences and sport.    

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