The highest level of institutional dialogue in the strategic partnership is the summit between the presidents of Russia and India’s prime minister.
As External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar paid the Russian leader a visit at the Kremlin on Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin extended an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Russia in the upcoming year. Putin said to Jaishankar, “We will be happy to see our friend, Mr. Prime Minister Modi in Russia.”
Prior to this, Jaishankar, who is in Russia on a five-day official visit, had a meeting with Sergey Lavrov.
next their discussions, Jaishankar and Lavrov made a joint media appearance where Jaishankar expressed his confidence that President Putin and Prime Minister Modi will hold an annual summit the next year. Jaishankar had mentioned earlier in his introductory remarks that the two presidents have been in regular communication.
The highest level institutional engagement mechanism in the strategic relationship between the two countries is the summit between the presidents of Russia and India’s prime minister.
“It is an honour to speak with President Vladimir Putin tonight. Passed along the kind regards of Prime Minister @narendramodi and a personal note. President Putin was informed of my conversations with Ministers Manturov and Lavrov. In his post on X, Jaishankar expressed his gratitude for his direction on the future developments of their relationship.
21 yearly conferences have so far been held alternately in Russia and India. December 2021 was the last summit held in New Delhi. Putin added that increased commerce, especially in high-tech and crude oil sectors, is the reason for the growth in trade between Russia and India. “For the second year running, our trade turnover is increasing at the same time and at a consistent rate. This year’s growth rate is significantly higher than last year’s,” he declared.
Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov and Jaishankar met on Tuesday for a “comprehensive and productive” discussion on bilateral economic cooperation. During the meeting, they saw the signing of several “very important” agreements pertaining to the development of the future power-generating units of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu.
Despite Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, relations between India and Russia remained close. India has insisted that diplomacy and communication are the only ways to address the situation and has not yet denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Even while there is growing unease about Russian crude oil in many Western nations, India’s imports of it have increased dramatically.