Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed hope that his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin would further strengthen the “special and privileged” strategic partnership between India and Russia.In a series of tweets first in Russian and then in English on the eve of his visit to Russia, he said, “Am confident the talks with President Putin will further strengthen the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia.”
The aim of the informal summit is to use the friendship and trust between the two countries to create convergence on key global and regional issues, the sources said.The two leaders may also deliberate on extending Indo-Russia civil nuclear cooperation to third countries, possible areas for cooperation for the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) project, India’s engagement with five-nation Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the situation in the Korean peninsula.
The two leaders will primarily focus on pressing global and regional issues, including impact of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, during their informal summit in Russian city of Sochi on Monday.Official sources have said the two leaders will meet for four to six hours for the “agenda-less” talks where deliberations on bilateral issues are likely to be very limited.They said the issues on the table may include economic impact on India and Russia in the wake of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, situation in Afghanistan and Syria, threat of terrorism, and matters relating to the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and BRICS summits.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s informal summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is to take place in the afternoon today in Sochi where the two leaders will discuss developmental priorities and bilateral matters of their respective countries. This is the first informal summit between the two leaders. They last met in June 2017, and this is PM Modi’s fourth visit to Russia. PM Modi is flying in only for a day for this summit at the “invitation of Mr Putin” and it comes close on the heels of the unique “informal summit” held between India and China recently in Wuhan. This is a new way PM Modi is handling foreign policy through a deeply personalised touch.>