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PM Modi arrives in Moscow for summit talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin

This marks the first trip to Russia for Prime Minister Modi in five years. Back in 2019, he had gone to a business summit in Vladivostok, Russia.

Reported by:  PTC News Desk  Edited by:  Annesha Barua -- July 08th 2024 06:10 PM
PM Modi arrives in Moscow for summit talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin

PM Modi arrives in Moscow for summit talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin

PTC News Desk: After arriving in Moscow on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his two-day state visit to Russia, followed by an Austrian visit. 

When the prime minister arrived at the Moscow airport, he was met with a guard of honour.


Denis Manturov, Russia's first deputy prime minister (1st DPM), welcomed Modi. Manturov is the deputy prime minister's senior, having hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping in Russia during his visit. In the same vehicle, the first DPM Manturov will drive PM Modi from the airport to the hotel.

"Will be in Russia and Austria for the next three days. India has a long-standing connection with these countries, and these visits will be a fantastic chance to strengthen those ties. Before leaving for Russia, the prime minister wrote on X, "I also look forward to interacting with the Indian community living in these countries." 

This marks the first trip to Russia for Prime Minister Modi in five years. Back in 2019, he had gone to an economic summit held in Vladivostok, Russia. Additionally, Modi is making his first trip to Russia since the conflict in Ukraine began in 2022.

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Putin and Modi are anticipated to discuss ways to deepen bilateral ties in a variety of fields, including as commerce, energy, and defense, during the 22nd India-Russia annual summit on Tuesday.

The highest institutional engagement mechanism in the strategic alliance between India and Russia is the yearly summit between the two nations' presidents. 21 yearly conferences have so far been held alternately in Russia and India.

The most recent summit took place in New Delhi on December 6, 2021. In order to attend the meeting, Putin travelled to India. Putin has made nine trips to India while serving as the head of state of Russia.

On September 16, 2022, President Putin and Prime Minister Modi had their most recent bilateral meeting outside of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

"We are not living in a time of war," Modi had told Putin, urging an end to the crisis in Ukraine. The prime minister has spoken by phone with Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, on multiple occasions.

India has insisted that diplomacy and communication are the only ways to settle the situation and has not yet denounced Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. On Tuesday, Modi will make his first visit to Austria as prime minister of India since more than 40 years, departing from Russia.

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- With inputs from agencies

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