Vladimir Putin arrives in India, says ‘India and Russia strategic partnership continue to reach new heights’
Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation arrived in India today for the annual India-Russia Summit. He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
After meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vladimir Putin stated that the strategic partnership between old allies- India and Russia continues to reach new heights. During his meet with PM Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Putin said “Russia sees India as a great power, an ally and a time-tested old friend. The relations between both the countries are growing rapidly and I am looking into the future.
This is the first in-person meeting between both world leaders. They last met during the BRICS Summit in Brasilia in 2019. Since then, both Putin and PM Modi had held several rounds of telephonic conversation apart from virtual meetings. Indian Prime Minister, during the 21 India- Russia summit, said that despite several challenges during the Covid era, there has been no change in the growth of India-Russia relations.
Earlier in the day, both India and Russia held their first 2-2 Ministerial Dialogue which included Union Defence Ministers and Ministers of External Affairs of both the countries. Both India and Russia also signed an agreement for the procurement of 6,01,427 assault rifles AK-203 through Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd.
Talking about terrorism and the prevailing situation in Afghanistan, Putin said “Naturally, we are concerned about everything that has to do with terrorism. When we say Fight against Terrorism, we also include the fight against drug trafficking and all organized crime. With that regard, we are very much concerned about the development of the situation in Afghanistan.”
Russia also shipped two units of the powerful S-400 missile defence systems which will be reaching the Indian Soil by the end of this month and the remaining three are expected to arrive by September 2022.
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