Iran deal, terrorism to top PM’s Russia visit
RUSSIA is an old, reliable, trusted partner, said a source when asked if, Post Wuhan summit, will India be resetting its ties with Russia as well. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Sochi on May 21 to have an “informal” meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
Sources say the meeting between the two leadership would largely focus on “regional” and “international” issues as there is an annual dialogue between the two countries which will take place at the end of the year to discuss “bilateral” issues.
During the day-long meeting, the two leaders would have 46 hours of one-on-one discussions. Putin will host lunch for PM Modi. Sources say, “There could be a walk on the shores of the Black Sea, but the details are still being firmed up.”
While Modi’s meeting with the Chinese President came after both the countries faced severe dipping in ties, the meeting with Russia comes amid growing distance between the two and also the “changing regional and global circumstances”. Among the issues likely to be discussed are Syria, North Korea, US pullout from the Iran nuclear deal ISIS and Afghanistan.
Modi & Putin will have one-on-one discsussions.