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Modi and Putin meets for 21st annual India-Russia summit; discusses bilateral relations and the Afghanistan issue

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On December 6, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in New Delhi for the 21st annual India-Russia summit, where they discussed the region’s rising security problems.

Narendra Modi after welcoming Putin

Modi stated after welcoming Putin: “Our meeting today will strengthen our special and privileged strategic partnership. The initiatives that we take today will further increase the scope of our cooperation to new areas.”

Modi, who received Putin at the Hyderabad House in the national capital, claimed the Covid-19 outbreak had no effect on the two countries’ relationship and that ties between them are strengthening.

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Even if the world has seen many fundamental changes and different sorts of geopolitical equations arise in the previous several decades, he added, India and Russia’s relationship is genuinely a unique and stable example of interstate friendship.

Putin describes India as “friendly nation” and more

Putin described India as a “great power,” a “friendly nation,” and a “time-tested friend” to Russia.

modi putin2 modi The North-Eastern Chronicle

“The relations between our nations are growing and I am looking into the future,” Russian President Vladimir Putin stated.

Concern over terrorism and situation in Afghanistan

Putin also expressed concern about the situation in Afghanistan, citing “fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime”  as critical concerns for both countries to address.

“We continue to cooperate jointly on a global agenda. Our positions are quite similar in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime,” Putin stated the following.

In his opening remarks, Putin stated, “It is natural that we’re concerned about the developments in Afghanistan.”

S. Jaishankar, India’s External Affairs Minister, and Rajnath Singh, India’s Defence Minister, met with their Russian counterparts, Sergey Lavrov and General Sergey Shoigu, earlier in the day. They talked about important bilateral, regional, and international issues, such as the situation in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover. (IANS)

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