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PM, Putin to hold informal summit next week in Sochi

PM, Putin to hold informal summit next week in Sochi

Following the Wuhan summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now getting ready for yet another one - with Vladimir Putin in the seaside resort of Sochi on Monday next week.

According to a statement of External Affairs Ministry, 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.

The two leaders will also discuss the respective national priorities of development and bilateral issues.

While India and Russian Federation hold an annual bilateral summit every year, this is apart from that but is an initiative to create an atmosphere to look at broader perspective.

Modi and Putin will also meet in China on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Summit in June, followed by a meeting on sidelines of the BRICS Summit in South Africa in July.

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Earlier this month, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held talks with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow and discussed a host of issues.

"Given today's geo-political situation, it is a very, very good idea to reaffirm the India-Russia strategic partnership and hold consultations on how to react to situations, find commonality in views", said P.S. Raghavan, a former Indian ambassador to Russia. Prime Minister Modi's visit also comes just months after Putin won the elections.

The Sochi meeting comes in the wake of Washington pulling out of the nuclear deal signed between Iran and six world powers (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US).

"Our foreign policy coordination is making steady progress as part of regular bilateral contacts between the relevant agencies, as well as in the context of our partnership promotion in multilateral formats".

Russian Federation is also said to be upset with India since New Delhi has in recent years diversified its defence purchases rather than remaining dependent on Moscow.