Russian President, Vladimir Putin arrived in India on Thursday, 4 October, on a two-day visit during which the two countries are likely to sign a deal to procure S-400 air defence systems and deliberate on key regional and global issues, including US sanctions on import of Iranian crude oil.
On Thursday, PM Modi welcomed Putin at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, before the two sat down for a private meeting.
Putin and PM Narendra Modi to hold 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit in New Delhi
The two leaders will review bilateral defence cooperation
Putin will later meet President Kovind in New Delhi
Vladimir Putin Meets PM Modi at Hyderabad House .
Prime Minister @narendramodi and Russian President #VladimirPutin arrive at Hyderabad House for the bilateral discussions@KremlinRussia_E @IndEmbMoscow #PutininIndia #IndiaRussia pic.twitter.com/tCo2FynlGD
— PIB India (@PIB_India) October 5, 2018
Kickstarting his itinerary for the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, today morning.
Schedule for Engagement Between Indian & Russian Delegations
Here is the schedule for the engagements between the Indian and Russian delegations, to be held on Friday, 5 October:
11 am: Vladimir Putin’s Meet with PM Modi
11:30 am: Delegation-level talks
1:30 pm: Exchange of agreements and press statements
3:30 pm: Putin addresses India-Russia business summit
4:30 pm: Putin meets with President Kovind
PM Modi Welcomes Russian President to India
Welcoming Russian President Vladmir Putin on Thursday evening, Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi tweeted, “Welcome to India, President Putin. Looking forward to our deliberations, which will further enhance India-Russia friendship.”
Welcome to India, President Putin.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 4, 2018
Добро пожаловать в Индию, президент Путин! Желаю Вам плодотворного пребывания в Индии. С нетерпением жду наших переговоров, которые несомненно укрепят дружбу между Индией и Россией. @KremlinRussia pic.twitter.com/cEW4y8sDJr
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 4, 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin Arrives in Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin today in Delhi. Putin is on a two-day visit to India to hold the annual bilateral summit.
Putin, who is accompanied by a high-level delegation, was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Long standing and time-tested friendship.
Upon his arrival in India for the #IndiaRussia Annual Bilateral Summit, @KremlinRussia_E Vladimir Putin was warmly received by EAM @SushmaSwaraj #DruzbaDosti pic.twitter.com/oHEGzF71Aj
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) October 4, 2018
The 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit will take place in Delhi on Friday during which Modi and Putin are expected to review bilateral defence cooperation in the wake of the US sanctions against Russian defence majors.
The two leaders are also likely to deliberate on key regional and global issues, including US sanctions on import of Iranian crude oil.
The focus during the visit will be on the S-400 Triumf air defence missile system agreement, with a top Kremlin aide saying on Tuesday, 2 October, that Russian President Putin will oversee the signing of the USD 5 billion deal.
India-Russia to Discuss Impact of US Sanctions on Import of Crude Oil From Iran
Sources had earlier said Modi and Putin would also deliberate on impact of US sanctions on import of crude oil from Iran.
Besides holding talks with Modi, the Russian leader will also have a meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind as well as other official engagements, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.
The last annual summit was held on 1 June, 2017, during the visit of the prime minister to Russia.
In May, Modi had travelled to Russian coastal city of Sochi for an informal summit with Putin during which they discussed a range of crucial issues.
Modi and Putin are also expected to explore ways to further deepen cooperation between the two countries in a number of sectors including trade, investment, connectivity, energy, space and tourism.
Where Does New Delhi Stand on S-400 Missile Deal?
There have been indications by New Delhi that it will go ahead with the S-400 Missile deal notwithstanding the US sanctions.
“India has maintained its sovereignty as regards to its relationship with countries. We shall maintain it in all earnestness,” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told recently when asked whether the US sanctions will hit India’s defence ties with Russia.
India wants to procure the long-range missile systems to tighten its air defence mechanism, particularly along the nearly 4,000-km-long Sino-India border.
S-400 is known as Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. China was the first foreign buyer to seal a government-to-government deal with Russia in 2014 to procure the lethal missile system and Moscow has already started delivery of an undisclosed number of the S-400 missile systems to Beijing.
Russia has been one of India’s key suppliers of arms and ammunition.
Putin and Modi to Hold 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit in New Delhi
Putin, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will hold the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit during which the two leaders are expected to review bilateral defence cooperation in the wake of the US sanctions against Russian defence majors.
The focus during the visit will be on the S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems agreement with a top Kremlin aide saying Tuesday that Russian President Putin will oversee the signing of the “USD 5 billion deal”.
“The key feature of this visit will be the signing of the agreement to deliver S-400 air defence systems,” Putin’s top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov was quoted in media reports as saying in Moscow. “The value of the contract will be more than USD 5 billion,” he said.
The purchase will violate sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) instituted by the US Congress on arms purchases from Russia, but American lawmakers have allowed the possibility of a presidential waiver.>