Indian PM Modi to visit Russian Federation for informal summit with Putin

Mikhail Solunin  TASS

Mikhail Solunin TASS

The informal summit is significant given the upcoming United States sanctions not just against Russian Federation under the Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act, but also Iran following President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear accord with Tehran.

Prime Minister Modi's visit also comes just months after Putin won the elections. 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.

It said the informal summit was in keeping with the tradition of regular consultations between India and Russian Federation at the highest level.

"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".

"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 worldwide and regional agenda", the statement said. The comparison with the Wuhan summit is inevitable, but there is one important difference - with China, Modi needed to talk to Xi to prevent a breakdown in relations between two rising powers. The summit, according to sources, was a last minute decision and only came together after an unnanounced visit to Moscow by NSA Ajit Doval and foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale. During that meeting PM Modi praised Putin. The Prime Minister had met Putin in Russian Federation previous year.

Rosoboronexport has long-standing significant contracts and business ties with India and other countries.

Informal summits are in - or so it would seem.

India's deep military and strategic ties with Russian Federation date back to the beginning of the Cold War even as New Delhi led a movement of "non-aligned" countries that declared their tilt with neither Washington nor Moscow. The withdrawal of U.S. from the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran and the impending summit of President Donald Trump with North Korea's Kim Jong-un has introduced more variables with uncertain outcome.

He also mentioned other weapons systems, including the prospective S-500 air defense system that is meant to be precise and powerful enough to hit targets in space.

The recent developments have also meant that numerous powers have also been holding talks with Putin.

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