On Friday, the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to India on December 6. He will travel to New Delhi for the 21st India-Russia annual summit, where he will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi last met in person on the margins of the BRICS meeting in Brasilia in November 2019. The most recent India-Russia annual summit took place in the Russian city of Vladivostok in 2019. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the summit was cancelled the previous year.
Putin to visit India on December 6 for annual India-Russia summit
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Main Issues for Discussion
The summit will evaluate and debate bilateral relations and strategic collaboration between the two countries, according to Ministry of External Affairs spokeswoman Arindam Bagchi. The leaders will discuss the current situation and future possibilities of India-Russia relations. In addition, the two countries will discuss measures to strengthen their strategic alliance. Bagchi further stated that the visit will bring additional fuel to India’s unique and privileged strategic cooperation with Russia. Both leaders are looking forward to analysing and discussing a variety of problems, with a particular focus on themes that can strengthen ties in the areas of security, commerce, and energy. The leaders will also discuss the international agenda, including collaborative efforts within the G20, BRICS, and SCO.
India – Russia 2+2 Summit
In addition to the annual summit, India and Russia will hold their first two-plus-two ministerial conversation. Each country’s External Affairs and Defense Ministers will meet with their counterparts here. Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, will meet with S Jaishankar, India’s external affairs minister. Sergey Shoigu, Russia’s defence minister, will also meet with Rajnath Singh, India’s prime minister. According to a Russian embassy spokeswoman, the ministers are scheduled to conduct in-depth discussions on significant regional and international topics such as the situation in the Asia-Pacific area, as well as events in Afghanistan and Syria.
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