PM Modi to visit Russian Federation next week for informal summit with Putin

Posted May 16, 2018

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.

NEW DELHI:Perhaps inspired by the recent summit with China's president Xi Jinping in Wuhan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Sochi, Russia on May 21 for an "informal" summit with President Vladimir Putin.

The summit will take place in the Russian resort city of Sochi.

President Putin's invitation will be an important occasion for both leaders to exchange about global issues in a long-term and broad perspective, with the main goal of strengthening even more the special and privileged strategic partnership, the Foreign Ministry stressed in a statement. "Both leaders will also discuss their respective national developmental priorities and bilateral matters", said a statement from the MEA.

Analysts view the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Russian Federation soon after concluding an informal meet with the Chinese President, as an indication of world powers teaming up against the U.S. following President Trump's gradual undoing of global commitments made by his predecessor. Modi had visited St. Petersburg for the 18th edition of annual bilateral summit in 2017.

Last week, national security adviser Ajit Doval had visited Moscow and held talks with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. The statement put out by Putin's office says that Modi "will be in Russian Federation on a working visit". There had been some differences over Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it had never threatened the relationship, as per sources.

Rosoboronexport has long-standing significant contracts and business ties with India and other countries.

Informal summits are clearly the flavour of the season. "Instead, the focus" will be on discussions on the "big picture" globally, according to observers.

Raghavan felt that the ongoing developments around the world required both countries to "affirm a mutual commitment" beyond the confines of a formal summit. The two leaders might also discuss how their two countries could counter the challenge posed to their defence cooperation by impending U.S. sanctions against several Russian entities involved in military supplies to India under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Ever since the Trump administration made a decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal, alleging that Tehran is not fulfilling its commitments, the global community has been working overtime to salvage the deal. French president Emmanuel Macron is supposed to be travelling to Russian Federation later this month and German chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks with Putin on May 18.