File photo: Putin with PM Modi in St Petersberg. Photograph:( Twitter )
The Indo-Russian nuclear deal, which is estimated to worth over Rs. 4,50,000 crores, could also be on the cards
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Sochi, Russia, on Monday afternoon to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the first-ever informal summit. According to reports, the summit may be held at Putin's private villa where the President had previously hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
During the summit, both the leaders will discuss international matters, "in a broad and long-term perspective with the objective of further strengthening our special and privileged strategic partnership," noted a release from the Ministry of External Affairs. According to reports, the two leaders will meet for around four to six hours for "agenda-less" talks.
Some of the key topics of discussions between India and Russia may include the Syrian crisis, US pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and the economic impact of US trade sanctions.
Issues around national and regional development, bilateral ties would also emerge at the top of PM Modi's agenda during his visit to Sochi.
Indo-Russian atomic energy cooperation could get a fillip at Sochi. The Indo-Russian nuclear deal, estimated to worth over Rs. 4,50,000 crores, could also be on the cards.
Russia's president Vladimir Putin had previously noted that there is no other country in the world except for India with which Russia has 'deep cooperation' in delicate areas such as missiles.
PM Modi will be welcomed in the decked up city of Sochi which is all set to host to 2018 FIFA World Cup next month.
According to reports, PM Modi is slated to meet with his Russian counterpart later in the year at a formal India-Russia Summit in October.
In the past six months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met with world leaders like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UK's Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Nepalese Prime Minister KP Oli among other leaders.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a four-nation tour end of April this year where he visited Germany, Spain, Russia and France to improve India’s “economic engagement rate”.