Russian President Vladimir Putin on two-day India visit from October 4
Russian President Vladimir Putin will be on a two-day visit to India beginning October 4 to hold the annual India-Russia summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Saturday. "President of the Russian Federation Vladimir V Putin will pay an official visit to New Delhi from October 4-5 for the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit," the External Affairs Ministry said.
The meet will focus on boosting bilateral ties and deliberate on a range regional and global issues including US sanctions on import of Iranian crude oil, ministry sources said.
Sources said Modi and Putin will explore ways to further deepen cooperation between the two countries in a number of sectors including trade, investment, connectivity, energy, space and tourism.
The Russian president will also have a meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind as well as other official engagements, the MEA said.
It is not yet clear whether the two countries will sign an agreement sealing the S-400 missile deal during Russian President Putin's visit. Both sides have almost concluded negotiations on the Rs 40,000-crore deal under which Russia will supply a batch of the missile system to India.
There have been indications by New Delhi that it will go ahead with the deal notwithstanding the US sanctions.
"India has maintained its sovereignty as regards to its relationship with countries. We shall maintain it in all earnestness," Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told PTI recently when asked whether the US sanctions will hit India's defence ties with Russia.
Russia has been one of India's key suppliers of arms and ammunition. The last annual summit was held on June 1, 2017 during the visit of the prime minister to Russia. In May, Modi had travelled to Sochi for an informal summit with Putin.