PM Modi to hold informal summit with Putin next week

Clay Curtis
May 15, 2018

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is all set to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin for an informal summit held on May 21 at a seaside resort in the coastal city of Sochi in Russia.

"This means that attempts to influence the will of the majority of Russian citizens to keep Vladimir Putin the head of the state were made well before the worldwide political crisis of 2014, Donald Trump's election as president of the United States, and making Russia an official enemy of the collective West in a USA federal law".

Both leaders will also discuss their respective national developmental priorities and bilateral matters, the ministry said, adding that the visit is taking place at the invitation of Putin. Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said last month Federation Internationale de Football Association is investigating current Russia global Ruslan Kambolov.

The Sochi summit is in keeping with the tradition of regular consultations between India and Russian Federation, the MEA said.

Last week, national security adviser Ajit Doval had visited Moscow and held talks with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) in this photo published in the May 10, 2018, edition of the North's daily Rodong Sinmun. Washington has demanded Pyongyang give up chemical and biological weapons, in addition to nuclear weapons and programs.

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

Klimov also stated that no serious Western analyst or think tank believed that Putin would choose to not run for a new term in 2018, or that he would lose.

Russian Federation and Japan are the only two countries with which India holds annual bilateral summits. This could impact India's acquisition of defence spares as well as other defence deals in the pipeline, like the S 400 anti-missile system.

The meeting comes just weeks after Modi interacted with Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Wuhan summit.

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