Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to New Delhi tomorrow for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The leaders will review the state and prospects of bilateral relations and discuss ways to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.
Ahead of Mr Putin’s visit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will arrive in India tonight. He will meet External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar. Later, the two foreign ministers will join the two defence ministers for the first ever 22 ministerial dialogue between India and Russia.
Earlier tomorrow morning, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu will co-chair the Intergovernmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Putin have had a warm chemistry. The importance of the direct interaction between the two leaders can be assessed from the fact that this is the second in person visit by President Putin in the COVID pandemic period.
Several key agreements are expected to be signed during the visit. Ahead of the summit, India-Russia Joint venture to produce over five lakh AK-203 Rifles at Amethi in Uttar Pradesh has been approved to give a boost to Make in India.