Modi To Visit Russia On May 21 For Informal Summit With Putin
May 16 2018
The two leaders to exchange views on global matters in a broad& long-term perspective with the objective of further strengthening Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership. "Both leaders will also discuss their respective national developmental priorities and bilateral matters", said the statement.
This informal summit in Sochi between Modi and Putin is in keeping with the tradition of regular consultations between India and Russian Federation at the highest levels, the ministry said. The comparison with the Wuhan summit is inevitable, but there is one important difference - with China, Modi needed to talk to Xi to prevent a breakdown in relations between two rising powers. The announcement for the Indo-Russian informal summit was made just four days after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale travelled to Russia for a meeting with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on May 10. Modi was among the first world leaders to congratulate Putin on his re-election to the post in March.
Putin is also expected to visit India later this year for the annual bilateral summit. There had been some differences over Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it had never threatened the relationship, as per sources. Observers have termed the move significant to boost investments in India.
Informal summits are in - or so it would seem. "Instead, the focus" will be on discussions on the "big picture" globally, according to observers.
"Given today's geo-political situation, it is a very, very good idea to reaffirm the India-Russia strategic partnership and hold consultations on how to react to situations, find commonality in views", said P.S. Raghavan, a former Indian ambassador to Russia. The two leaders might also discuss how their two countries could counter the challenge posed to their defence cooperation by impending United States sanctions against several Russian entities involved in military supplies to India under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed the situation after the U.S. withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal, the Kremlin said Tuesday. This was reiterated to Moscow only in April when Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Russian Federation and discussed a slew of defence deals, including the S-400 air-defence missile systems.
The recent developments have also meant that numerous powers have also been holding talks with Putin. I'm speaking of the Russia-India-China (RIC) format, BRICS, and now the SCO, of which India became a fullfledged member previous year.