Prime Minister Modi's visit to Russia begins today, with the Kremlin saying the West is watching jealously

Prime Minister Modi's visit to Russia begins today, with the Kremlin saying the West is watching jealously

This will be Modi's first visit to Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February 2022. His last visit to Russia was in 2019, when he attended an economic conference in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok.

PM Modi's Russia tour begins today, Kremlin says 'West is jealously watching'
PM Modi's Russia tour begins today, Kremlin says 'West is jealously watching'

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday that Russia expects Prime Minister Narendra Modi's “very important and comprehensive visit” to Moscow, which is important for Russian-Indian relations. PM Modi will be on a two-day visit to Moscow from Monday, July 8 to July 9 at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin for the 22nd India-Russia Annual Summit. This will be Modi's first visit to Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February 2022. His last visit to Russia was in 2019, when he attended an economic conference in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok.

The two leaders will review the full range of multifaceted relations between the two countries and exchange views on contemporary regional and global issues of mutual interest, the Ministry of External Affairs said in announcing the high-level visit in New Delhi on Thursday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview that the visit was the envy of the West. This is Prime Minister Modi's first visit to Russia after the start of Ukraine conflict. “They're jealous – that means they're watching him closely. Their close observation means that they value it very much. And they are not wrong, there is something to value a lot,” Peskov said according to Tass. He gave this information while replying to the question what is the view of western politicians regarding this visit.

Prime Minister Modi's program in Moscow will be extensive and the two leaders will be able to hold informal talks, Peskov said in an interview with Russia's state-run VGTRK television channel. “Obviously, the agenda will be broader, if not busier. It will be an official meeting and we hope the chiefs can also talk in an informal way,” he said.

Peskov said that Russian-Indian relations are at the level of strategic partnership. He said that there would be one-on-one discussions both in the Kremlin and between the delegations involved. “We are looking forward to a very important and comprehensive meeting, which is very important for Russian-Indian relations,” he was quoted as saying by the official Tass news agency.

The annual summit between the Prime Minister of India and the President of Russia is the highest institutional communication mechanism in the strategic partnership between the two countries. So far 21 annual summits have been held alternately between India and Russia.

The last Annual Summit was held on 6 December 2021 in New Delhi. President Putin visited India to attend the summit.

Russia has had strong ties with India since the Cold War, and New Delhi has grown in importance as a major trading partner for Moscow since the Kremlin sent troops to Ukraine in February 2022. With its national interest in mind, India has become an important country. Buyers of Russian oil after sanctions imposed by the US and its allies closed most Western markets to Russian exports.




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