Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Sochi informal summit: PM Modi, Vladimir Putin to meet on May 21

Sochi informal summit: PM Modi, Vladimir Putin to meet on May 21

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Monday that Modi will travel to Sochi on May 21 for an informal summit to discuss wide-ranging issues with Putin. President Putin is expected to come to India in the second half of the year for the annual India-Russia summit.

According to reports, the decision to hold the summit was a last-minute move taken by Russian Federation following an unannounced visit to Moscow by India's national security advisor Ajit Doval and foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, the Times of India reported. By the end of 2017, India was Russia's 17th major trade partner, accounting for 1.6% of the entire trade turnover.

The summit comes at a time when an anti-US containment strategy has resulted in a strengthened Russia-Pakistan military cooperation. The two leaders will also be present at the G-20 meeting in Argentina in November.

"This will be an important occasion for the two leaders to exchange views on global matters in a broad and long-term perspective with the objective of further strengthening our special and privileged strategic partnership".

Modi's visit to Russian Federation also comes just after Putin won a fourth term in office in March this year after remaining in power for nearly two decades.

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Modi will be travelling to Russian Federation at Putin's invitation. The talking points included the Afghan and West Asian situation. All major powers, including the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China, have said that they will fulfill the commitments under the deal, known as JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).

India is understood to have conveyed to Moscow its strong support given the current geopolitical situation.

According to an official Russian statement, Lavrov was quoted as saying, "We have a very full agenda in our bilateral relations".

Putin said at Tuesday's meeting that the development of the weapons would remain a high priority.

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