Narendra Modi, Russian Prez Putin commence bilateral talks on BRICS sidelines

Photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin along with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.

Benaulim (Goa): Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Russian President Vladimir Putin today began a closed-door bilateral meeting ahead of BRICS heads of states meet in Goa. Both the individuals are meeting as part of the annual India-Russia summit following which the two countries are expected to sign key defence, energy and agriculture-related business deals.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Modi and Putin “will discuss on a range of issues including defence, counter-terrorism”. Top bureaucrats from the Russian defence, energy, trade and industries ministries are accompanying the President.

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Modi, on Twitter, greeted the Russian President saying: “India welcomes you, President Putin! Wishing you a fruitful visit.”

Modi and Putin via video conference will also participate in foundation-laying ceremony of the third and fourth power units at the Kundakulam nuclear power plant.

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