Modi's visit will strengthen India-Russia friendship, know which issues will be discussed with Putin

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin will review all aspects of bilateral ties, including in areas such as defence, investment, energy cooperation, education, culture and people-to-people exchanges, at the upcoming annual India-Russia summit, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said on Friday. Modi will visit Russia on a two-day official visit on July 8-9 at the invitation of Putin. He will attend the 22nd India-Russia Summit where the full range of multifaceted ties between the two countries will be reviewed. Putin will host a private dinner for Modi on the day of his arrival.

Discussion on regional and global developments of mutual interest

Speaking to the media here ahead of Modi's visit to Russia for the summit, Kwatra said the two leaders will also share their views on regional and global developments of mutual interest. Sharing details about the schedule of his visit to Russia, Kwatra said the prime minister is currently scheduled to arrive in Moscow on the afternoon of July 8. Modi's engagements the next day will also include interaction with the Indian community in Russia. The prime minister will also lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin. He will then visit the Rosatom pavilion at the Moscow Exhibition Ground.

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The issue of return of Indian citizens

He said that after these meetings, there will be a restricted meeting between the two leaders, followed by delegation-level talks led by the Hon'ble Prime Minister and the Russian President. Kwatra also said that the annual India-Russia summit is taking place after three years. We attach great importance to it. He said that the issue of early return of Indian citizens misled to work in the Russian army is also expected to be raised in the discussion. After concluding his visit to Russia, Modi will visit Austria, which will be the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Austria in 41 years, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.
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Modi's first visit to Russia in five years

This will be Modi's first visit to Russia in nearly five years. Earlier, he attended an economic conference in Vladivostok in 2019. This will also be his first visit to Russia after the conflict in Ukraine. So far, 21 annual summits have been held between India and Russia. The last summit was held in New Delhi on 6 December 2021. Putin came to India to attend this summit. He said that the India-Russia summit will provide an opportunity to discuss the entire scope of bilateral relations, including defense, investment, education and culture and people-to-people relations. Kwatra said that both sides are working on documents regarding the 22nd India-Russia summit.

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