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Modi in Russia for informal summit with Putin

By The Assam Tribune

SOCHI (RUSSIA), May 21 - Stating that Russia has always been a true and fast friend of India, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that his informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin will take bilateral ties to a new level.

�I am happy that today I got the opportunity to be a guest of President Putin and that too in Sochi,� Modi said after being received by Putin here for the informal summit.

�Russia has always remained a true and fast friend of India,� he said.

�We have been regularly holding bilateral meetings but I am grateful to President Putin for inviting me for an informal summit which has taken our relationship to a new level.�

On his part, Putin said that the India-Russia bilateral relationship has deep roots.

�Last year, we saw a considerable increase in mutual trade,� he said.

Stating that Russia and India cooperate actively on multilateral forums, Putin said that there is close cooperation between the militaries, economies and diplomats of the two sides.

Modi arrived here earlier on Monday on a nine-hour visit for the informal summit proposed by Putin soon after his reelection as Russian President.

The Indian leader�s visit comes after National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale visited Moscow earlier this month to discuss a way out of the US sanctions on Russian firms.

The sanctions against Russian oligarchs and companies, including Rosoboronexport, the state-owned Russian weapons trading company, has raised concerns in India about a possible impact on India�s military buys from Moscow.

The withdrawal of the US from the Iran nuclear deal can be seen as another major reason for the informal summit.

Putin is expected to visit India later this year for the annual bilateral summit.

The relationship between India and Russia was elevated to that of a Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership during Putin�s visit to India in 2010.

In his remarks, Modi congratulated Putin for being reelected for the fourth time with a huge majority.

�Since 2000 when you assumed this office, you have maintained a close relationship with India,� he said.

�When you came to India for the first time after becoming President and when Atal Behari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister of India, you had said that our ancient civilisations and strong and vibrant democracies. People of India still remember this.� � IANS

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Modi in Russia for informal summit with Putin

SOCHI (RUSSIA), May 21 - Stating that Russia has always been a true and fast friend of India, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that his informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin will take bilateral ties to a new level.

�I am happy that today I got the opportunity to be a guest of President Putin and that too in Sochi,� Modi said after being received by Putin here for the informal summit.

�Russia has always remained a true and fast friend of India,� he said.

�We have been regularly holding bilateral meetings but I am grateful to President Putin for inviting me for an informal summit which has taken our relationship to a new level.�

On his part, Putin said that the India-Russia bilateral relationship has deep roots.

�Last year, we saw a considerable increase in mutual trade,� he said.

Stating that Russia and India cooperate actively on multilateral forums, Putin said that there is close cooperation between the militaries, economies and diplomats of the two sides.

Modi arrived here earlier on Monday on a nine-hour visit for the informal summit proposed by Putin soon after his reelection as Russian President.

The Indian leader�s visit comes after National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale visited Moscow earlier this month to discuss a way out of the US sanctions on Russian firms.

The sanctions against Russian oligarchs and companies, including Rosoboronexport, the state-owned Russian weapons trading company, has raised concerns in India about a possible impact on India�s military buys from Moscow.

The withdrawal of the US from the Iran nuclear deal can be seen as another major reason for the informal summit.

Putin is expected to visit India later this year for the annual bilateral summit.

The relationship between India and Russia was elevated to that of a Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership during Putin�s visit to India in 2010.

In his remarks, Modi congratulated Putin for being reelected for the fourth time with a huge majority.

�Since 2000 when you assumed this office, you have maintained a close relationship with India,� he said.

�When you came to India for the first time after becoming President and when Atal Behari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister of India, you had said that our ancient civilisations and strong and vibrant democracies. People of India still remember this.� � IANS

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