modi: Putin to meet Modi at December 6 summit in India | India News

NEW DELHI: Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit India on December 6 when he and PM Modi will hold their first in-person India-Russia summit in two years. “They will review the state and prospects of bilateral relations and discuss ways to strengthen the strategic partnership between the countries,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said Friday.
The highlight of the visit will be the delivery of S-400 Triumf missile systems, whose components have started arriving in India. Delivery of the first squadron is scheduled to be completed by December. The US could impose sanctions against India for engaging in transactions with the Russian sectors.
The last India-Russia annual summit was held in September 2019 when Modi visited Vladivostok.
The Modi-Putin summit will coincide with the first meeting of the 2+2 dialogue between defence minister Rajnath Singh and foreign minister S Jaishankar with their respective counterparts, Sergey Shoigu and Sergey Lavrov. The dialogue was agreed after a telephone conversation between Modi and Putin on April 28, Bagchi said.
The Russian embassy tweeted, “Ministers are expected to have in-depth discussions of the key regional and international topics, including the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and developments on #Afghanistan and #Syria, as well as exchange views on interaction within #SCO and# RIC.”
The summit could not happen in 2020. Bagchi reminded that this would be the first time the two leaders would meet in person “after their meeting on the side-lines of the BRICS Summit in Brasilia in November, 2019. There have been six telephonic conversations between the two leaders since November, 2019 till date apart from virtual meetings for multilateral summits.”



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