A day before his scheduled visit to Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed his hopes for a positive outcome from the bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a series of tweets, PM Modi said the talks would further strengthen the ‘special and privileged’ strategic partnership between India and Russia. “Am confident the talks with President Putin will further strengthen the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia,” he tweeted.
“Greetings to the friendly people of Russia. I look forward to my visit to Sochi tomorrow and my meeting with President Putin. It is always a pleasure to meet him,” another tweet read.
The focus of the informal summit in the Russian city of Sochi on Monday will be on pressing global and regional issues, including the outcome of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The two leaders are scheduled to meet for four to six hours for the ‘agendaless’ talks, PTI reported. Deliberations on matters of bilateral concern are likely to be very limited.
A range of issues, including the economic impact of US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on India and Russia, threat of terrorism, situation in Afghanistan and Syria, the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and BRICS summits, could possibly be brought to the table.
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