NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Russia to attend the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok, and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin next week. The visit is considered to be strategic, following the United States renewed efforts to control global economy.
Donald Trump-headed US, earlier tried to prevent India from sealing a defense deal with Moscow which would allow India to procure Russia-made S-400 air defense missile systems by 2023.
Earlier, Victor N Kladov, director – International Cooperation and regional policy of Russian state cooperation or Rostec said that India was a powerful and big country, speaks equally to America, and the Indian government had defended the defense deal well and told the American counterparts that it was much required.
Indo-Russia relationship dated decades back, and encompasses across sectors with defense as one of the strategic areas besides energy, space and nuclear.
Putin will meet Modi for a third time in a year as they have already met previously on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) conclave in Bishkek and the G-20 summit in Osaka.
Putin will, however, also host a special dinner for Modi in the evening of the 20th edition of annual bilateral summit.
During Modi-Putin meet, both the nations are expected to ink various agreements in the areas of defence, logistics, energy, trade, investments, and connectivity corridors.
The Indian government is expected to sign a mega pact with a five-year roadmap in the energy sector, and a joint statement on ‘comprehensive energy co-operation’ is expected to be issued.
With oil, gas and coal contributing to Indo-Russian trade, several pacts are also expected to be signed bilaterally between the two countries.