Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

After Xi, Modi to Hold Another 'Informal Summit' With Putin

After Xi, Modi to Hold Another 'Informal Summit' With Putin

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is all set to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin for an informal summit held on May 21 at a seaside resort in the coastal city of Sochi in Russia.

Last month, Prime Minister Modi attended a two-day informal summit along with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan city.

"There are plans to discuss key issues of developing Russian-Indian very privileged strategic partnership and also to exchange views on vital issues of the global and regional agenda", the statement said.

Both the leaders will also exchange their views on their "respective national developmental priorities and bilateral matters".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will become the first head of state to travel to Russian Federation since President Vladimir Putin took the oath of office for a fourth term last week.

Modi will be travelling to Russian Federation at Putin's invitation.

The sources said Modi and Putin will discuss issues of strategic importance besides exploring ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in areas of trade, commerce, nuclear energy and defence. The proposed summit meet between leaders of India and Russian Federation can do a lot in terms of making upon India's long-standing relationship with Russian Federation.

Besides bilateral issues, the Kremlin statement makes it clear that Putin will also raise "pressing items on the worldwide and regional agenda".

As observed during the Indo-Chinese informal summit in Wuhan, there will be no deliverables or agreements announced after the Sochi summit. "The trust can further help India to enhance its position in South Asia", Dr. Swarn Singh said.

Russian Federation is keen to enhance economic cooperation with India.

This message had to be conveyed against a backdrop of deteriorating US-Russia relations which has ignited a budding Russia-China alliance. This could impact India's acquisition of defence spares as well as other defence deals in the pipeline, like the S 400 anti-missile system.

The Prime Minister's previously unannounced visit comes after National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale visited Moscow last week to discuss a way out of the USA sanctions on Russian firms.

The recent developments have also meant that numerous powers have also been holding talks with Putin.

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