Iran deal, ter­ror­ism to top PM’s Rus­sia visit

Mail Today - - NEWS - By Geeta Mo­han in New Delhi

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.

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