Vladivostok (Russia), Sep 5 : Largely known as a ruthless leader to many of his compatriots and a die-hard 'media critic' Narendra Modi has floored many Indian journalists and political opponents in the past - back home.
During his Far East Russian sojourn, Mr Modi gave a taste of his 'no non-sense' approach to a reputed Russian journalist on Thursday - when he virtually snubbed him - by saying "My saying “yes" or “no" to your question has no meaning.....".
Russian scribe Sergey Brilev, Assistant Director of the "Rossiya" TV Channel and anchor of the “News on Saturday" programme had quizzed Prime Minister Modi whether he would go to 'G-10' (of rich and powerful G-7 Grouping and also India, China and Russia.)
Mr Modi remained calm momentarily and then came his reply in his characteristic style --- “If this question had come to me from the G-7 forum that whether I would like to be part of this, then it would be appropriate to answer. My saying “yes" or “no" to your question has no meaning".
Founded in 1975, IMF-described advanced economies in the world - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States are G-7 members. Russia was its member between 1997 and 2014.
Earlier, Brilev asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe if he could give some insight into the recently concluded G-7 meeting in Biarritz where the US President Donald Trump had reportedly thrown the idea of re-admitting Russia back into the exclusive club. After his characteristic assertive response, Prime Minister Modi also pointed out that this year (in fact in August itself) India had been invited to attend the recent G-7 meet in Biarritz in France as an observer, which India did participate.
During the interactions, answering questions PM Modi categorically said while India has been depending on Iran for fuel and energy security but in view of changing developments in Iran vis-a-vis its Nuke programme and confrontation with the US, all precautionary steps have been taken to ensure safety and security of Indian tankers.
"It is true India has been mostly dependent on Iran for energy security. But in view of developments there lately and to ensure that there is no side effect on us, we have taken all necessary steps," the Prime Minister said sharing stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Abe. "We have made all arrangements for ensuring safety and security of Indian ships and oil tankers. This is neither to target anyone nor to interfere in any one's matters," Prime Minister asserted. (UNI)