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President Putin invited PM Modi to visit Russia

Moscow, Dec 27 (PTI) President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Russia next year, while External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met the Russian leader in the Kremlin.

“We will be glad to see our friend Mr. Prime Minister Modi in Russia,” Putin told Jaishankar.

Jaishankar, who is here on a five-day official visit to Russia, earlier met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

During a joint media appearance with Lavrov after their talks, Jaishankar said he was confident that Prime Minister Modi and President Putin would meet for an annual summit next year. Earlier in his opening remarks, Jaishankar said that the two leaders have been in constant touch.

The summit between the Prime Minister of India and the Russian President is the highest institutional dialogue mechanism in the strategic partnership between the two sides.

“I am honored to meet President Vladimir Putin this evening. Warmly congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and handed over a personal message. Informed President Putin of my discussions with Ministers Manturov and Lavrov on the further development of our relations. Appreciated his guidance.” Jaishankar said in his post on X.

So far, 21 annual summits have been held alternately between India and Russia. The last summit was held in New Delhi in December 2021.

Putin also said that trade turnover between Russia and India is growing, especially in the crude oil and high technology sectors.

“Our trade turnover is growing at the same time and at a steady pace for the second consecutive year. This year’s growth rate is even higher than last year,” he said.

On Tuesday, Jaishankar held a “comprehensive and meaningful” meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov on bilateral economic cooperation, during which they signed some “very important” agreements related to the construction of future power generation units of Kudankulam. Nuclear power plants in Tamil Nadu.

Relations between India and Russia remained strong despite Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. India has not yet condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has been saying that the crisis should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.

Despite the growing uneasiness regarding this in many western countries, India’s import of Russian crude oil has increased significantly. pti zh akj aiims

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No edits to the headline or body have been made by ABP Live.)

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