Full calendar of engagements with Russia: MEA

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 6

India and Russia have a “full calendar” of interactions, together with a summit assembly between PM Narendra Modi and Vladimir Putin in October, stated the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.

Recalling that each leaders spoke on July 2, a day earlier than Modi went to Leh, Srivastava stated right here on Thursday that the PM had congratulated Putin on the success in a nationwide referendum to alter the structure. Among the modifications, Putin can run for one more Presidential time period in 2024.  

In the final week of June and fewer than a fortnight after the Galwan Valley conflict, Defence Minister Rajnath had visited Moscow the place he met key figures from the Russian military-industrial advanced, together with Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu and Deputy PM Yury Borisov in addition to the CEOs of Rostec Corporation and Rosoboronexport.

India has additionally positioned orders value roughly $7 billion on Russian navy platforms after the LAC tensions.

The MEA spokesperson stated Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla spoke with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov on Tuesday, adopted by talks with Russian ambassador to India Nikolai Kudashev on Wednesday. The conversations occurred forward of SCO and BRICS Foreign Ministers’ assembly. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will attend each conferences whereas Pakistan FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi will attend the SCO meet.

Indo-Russia bilateral talks can even be held between the National Security Advisers and Defence Ministers, he added.

Immediately after troops from India and China had clashed on the border, at a press convention after the Russia-India-China Foreign Ministers’ assembly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had indicated a summit assembly of the present format could possibly be held on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Saudi Arabia, the third time the three international locations would achieve this. But nothing has been heard of the proposal since. However, the annual summit assembly between Modi and Putin is scheduled for October in India, supplied the pandemic scenario eases by then.

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