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PM Modi, Putin to hold informal summit in Russia's Sochi

July 20 2018, 08:15 | Irvin Gilbert

Mikhail Solunin TASS

Mikhail Solunin  TASS

A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said that the visit is taking place at the invitation of President Putin.

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.

"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.

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

Last month, Mr Modi travelled to Wuhan in central China for an informal summit with President Xi. But within this larger space is the undeniable fact that India and Russian Federation are on very different global trajectories and it will take extraordinary commitment to keep the relationship at the level both sides have been used to.

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. I'm speaking of the Russia-India-China (RIC) format, BRICS, and now the SCO, of which India became a fullfledged member a year ago.

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Informal summits are clearly the flavour of the season.

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.

Modi's second "informal summit" will be shorter - for just a day. Ever since the Trump administration made a decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal, alleging that Tehran is not fulfilling its commitments, the global community has been working overtime to salvage the deal.

At the same time, India has become entwined into the fracas between Moscow and Washington with concerns that Indian purchase of S-400 missile defence system would trigger United States sanctions related to CAATSA (Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017).

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