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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Visit Moscow for Crucial Bilateral Talks with President Putin

Mumbai: Russia is anticipating a significant visit from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, marking a pivotal moment for the bilateral relations between the two nations. Modi will be in Moscow from July 8 to 9 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin to participate in the 22nd India-Russia Annual Summit.

The summit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to review the entire range of multifaceted relations between India and Russia and to exchange views on contemporary regional and global issues of mutual interest. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov, in an interview with Russia’s state-run channel, emphasized the comprehensive and intense nature of the agenda for Modi’s Moscow trip.

“Obviously, the agenda will be extensive, if not to say overbusy. It will be an official visit, and we hope that the heads will be able to talk in an informal way as well,” Peskov stated. He highlighted the strategic partnership level of Russian-Indian relations and mentioned that there would be both one-on-one talks and discussions involving delegations.

Peskov was quoted by the official Tass news agency as saying, “We are expecting a very important and full-fledged visit, which is so crucial for Russian-Indian relations.”

This visit marks Modi’s first trip to Russia in nearly five years. His last visit to Russia was in 2019 when he attended an economic conclave in the Far East city of Vladivostok. The annual summit between the prime minister of India and the president of Russia is the highest institutional dialogue mechanism in the strategic partnership between the two countries. To date, 21 annual summits have taken place alternately in India and Russia, with the last one held on December 6, 2021, in New Delhi, where President Putin was in attendance.

Historically, Russia and India have maintained strong ties since the Cold War era. In recent years, New Delhi’s significance as a key trading partner for Moscow has increased, particularly following the sanctions imposed by the US and its allies that have limited Russia’s access to Western markets. Consequently, India has emerged as one of the principal buyers of Russian oil, aligning with its national interests.

Prime Minister Modi’s upcoming visit is expected to further solidify the strategic partnership and foster stronger economic and political ties between India and Russia.

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