PM Modi and Russia's Putin discuss regional, global issues in telephonic conversation

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 13, 2020, 10.58 PM(IST)

PM Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of BRICS Summit in Brazil. Photograph:( ANI )

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The two leaders also expressed happiness at the significant landmarks the Special Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia had covered in the recent past, particularly in the year 2019, the MEA statement also said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during which both leaders "exchanged views on regional and global issues". 

"The two leaders exchanged views on regional and global issues and underlined the great similarity and convergence in the approaches of India and Russia for ensuring regional and global security, peace and stability," a statement by Ministry of External Affairs said.

The two leaders also expressed happiness at the significant landmarks the Special Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia had covered in the recent past, particularly in the year 2019, the MEA statement also said.

Both leaders also agreed to continue consulting each other closely and "working assiduously" to further strengthen India and Russia ties in 2020.

 Recalling that the Russian Federation had celebrated Christmas recently as per the tradition in Russia, the Prime Minister conveyed season's greetings to President Putin and the Russian people.

Putin warmly reciprocated the greetings and wished PM Modi and the people of India prosperity, progress, peace and happiness.

The Prime Minister stressed that the year 2020 would be of special significance for Russia and recalled with gratitude the invitation extended by President Putin to him to participate in the 75th Victory Day Celebration in Moscow in May this year.

PM Modi said that he looked forward to participating in the Summits of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the BRICS countries in Russia this year and welcoming President Putin in India for the 21st bilateral Annual Summit. 

(With inputs from agencies)