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PM Modi Arrives In Russia's Sochi For 'Informal Summit' With President Vladimir Putin

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| May 21 , 2018 , 13:36 IST

Barely a month after the 'Informal Summit' with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in Russia's Sochi, for another informal summit, this time with Russian President Vladimir Putin, at his invitation.

The informal summit has a broad-based agenda on global and regional issues and the two leaders are expected to discuss global terrorism, the situation in Afghanistan-Pakistan, Syria, Islamic State (ISIS) and mutual cooperation to improve each other's economy and influence in the international sphere.

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Pankaj Saran, the Indian envoy to Russia said that apart from bilateral talks, PM Modi and President Putin may also discuss the repercussions of the Iran nuclear deal after the withdrawal of the US from the deal earlier in May.

According to sources, the majority of the 5-hour engagement between PM Modi and President Putin would be one-to-one, conducted at the Sochi resort residence of President Putin.

On Sunday, PM Modi had tweeted on the impending meet with President Putin and the visit to Russia.

"Greetings to the friendly people of Russia.  I look forward to my visit to Sochi tomorrow and my meeting with President Putin.  It is always a pleasure to meet him," PM Modi tweeted.

"Am confident the talks with President Putin will further strengthen the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia," he added.

Russian news agency TASS quoted a statement of the Kremlin ahead of the meet, saying, "There are plans to discuss key issues developing Russian-Indian very privileged strategic partnership and also to exchange views on vital issues of the international and regional agenda."

Ahead of the summit, India and Russia, in consideration of proposed defence projects worth over $12 billion, were reportedly working on a road map to navigate around the new US sanctions regime that seeks to deter nations from buying Russian weapon systems.