Modi To Visit Russia On May 21 For Informal Summit With Putin

According to the announcement by the external affairs ministry (MEA), Modi will visit Russian Federation on May 21 at the invitation of Putin for an "informal summit". The two leaders will share views on "international matters in a broad and long-term perspective" with an aim to further solidify Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership.

The Modi-Putin summit is surprising in another respect - Modi will be meeting Putin at the SCO summit in Qingdao in early June, and Putin is expected to visit India for the annual India-Russia summit also in the next few months.

An External Affairs Ministry release on Monday said Modi's visit to Russian Federation will be an important occasion for him and Putin to exchange views on worldwide matters in a broad and long-term perspective in order to further strengthen the special and privileged strategic partnership.

"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.

Meanwhile, a fortnight after the Modi-Xi meeting, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has launched the first India-dedicated publicly offered investment fund, urging the Chinese to invest heavily, stating that the Indian economy is entering the "golden age of economic take-off". The statement put out by Putin's office says that Modi "will be in Russian Federation on a working visit". There had been some differences over Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it had never threatened the relationship, as per sources. Observers have termed the move significant to boost investments in India.

Informal summits are in - or so it would seem.

India and Russian Federation have been part of 18 formal summits owing to the strategic partnership signed between the countries in 2000.

Modi's second "informal summit" will be shorter - for just a day. Ever since the Trump administration chose to withdraw from the nuclear deal, alleging that Tehran is not fulfilling its commitments, the worldwide community has been working overtime to salvage the deal. 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.


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