Modi to visit Russian Federation on May 21 for informal summit

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 two leaders would also discuss their respective national developmental priorities and bilateral matters, the ministry added.

Russian Federation is also said to be upset with India since New Delhi has in recent years diversified its defence purchases rather than remaining dependent on Moscow. Since the beginning of 2018, they have had several phone conversations. During that meeting PM Modi praised Putin. 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).

Unlike Beijing-New Delhi ties, relations between India and Russian Federation do not have the same level of antagonism, which required an intervention from political leadership.

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

Informal summits are in - or so it would seem. The national security advisor also held talks with Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev besides calling on Lavrov, an Indian Embassy statement said. On the other hand, Russian Federation is finding itself to be much closer to China, which is a big negative for India. The withdrawal of United States from the global nuclear deal with Iran and the impending summit of President Donald Trump with North Korea's Kim Jong-un has introduced more variables with uncertain outcome.

He also mentioned other weapons systems, including the prospective S-500 air defense system that is meant to be precise and powerful enough to hit targets in space. Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in the Kremlin.

  • Rogelio Becker