PM Modi to meet Russian president Putin at Sochi's seaside resort

Indian PM Modi and Russian President Putin to meet again at Sochi on May

Indian PM Modi and Russian President Putin to meet again at Sochi on May

Russia's new weapons, including an array of new nuclear systems, will ensure the country's security for decades to come, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at a meeting with top military brass.

The two leaders to exchange views on worldwide matters in a broad& long-term perspective with the objective of further strengthening Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership. "Both leaders will also discuss their respective national developmental priorities and bilateral matters", said a statement from the MEA.

The informal summit at Sochi was in keeping with the tradition of regular consultations between India and Russian Federation at the highest levels, the External Affairs Ministry announced on Monday.

Last month, Modi had held his first "informal summit" with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan in a bid to "reset" bilateral ties that have been under a strain since the Doklam face-off in 2017.

According to reports, the decision to hold the summit was a last-minute move taken by Russian Federation following an unannounced visit to Moscow by India's national security advisor Ajit Doval and foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, the Times of India reported.

The two leaders are also scheduled to meet at the upcoming SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) summit meeting in Qingdao in China in early June and for a formal structured annual bilateral dialogue in Delhi later. Last month, Putin and Modi had also spoken on phone. There had been some differences over Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it had never threatened the relationship, as per sources.

As observed during the Indo-Chinese informal summit in Wuhan, there will be no deliverables or agreements announced after the Sochi summit.

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.

This message had to be conveyed against a backdrop of deteriorating US-Russia relations which has ignited a budding Russia-China alliance. With Russia still being a major defence supplier, a recent U.S. law could impose sanctions on India if it goes ahead with significant purchases from Russia, for example the S-400 Triumf air defense system. Reports in the media have suggested that Pakistan was keen on defence purchases from Russian Federation.

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