India-Russia Summit: PM Modi, President Putin discuss Chinese incursions, Afghanistan situation; 28 pacts signed

India and Russia also signed four agreements in the 2+2 meeting held between the Defence and Foreign Ministry of both the countries including the deal for joint production of over six lakh AK-203 assault rifles. Visiting Russian President was accompanied by a high-level delegation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday held wide-ranging talks as part of the 21st India-Russia annual summit and the two leaders discussed regional and global developments including the Chinese incursions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the situation in Afghanistan and the post-pandemic global economic scenarios. In addition to this, India and Russia also signed four agreements in the 2+2 meeting held between the Defence and Foreign Ministry of both the countries including the deal for joint production of over six lakh AK-203 assault rifles. Visiting Russian President was accompanied by a high-level delegation. President Putin extended an invitation to  PM Modi to visit Russia for their next annual India-Russia summit in 2022.

Modi-Putin talks in New Delhi | Key Points


1. India and Russia signed a total of 28 agreements on Monday, 9 were signed between the government of the two countries and the remaining were business to business. The two leaders also expressed their satisfaction towards the well-sustained special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries.

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2. Putin and Modi discussed Afghanistan situations while discussing regional and global developments, both the countries have decided to strongly inspect the cross-border terrorism issue and will pay special attention to ensure that Afghanistan refrains from being used for terrorist activities. 

3. India also raised the issue of 'unprovoked aggression' by China, according to news agency PTI. In his inaugural remarks at the 2+2 meeting. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said: "The pandemic, the extra-ordinary militarisation and expansion of armament in our neighbourhood and the completely unprovoked aggression on our northern border since early summer of 2020 have thrown in several challenges." 

4. Both the leaders discussed the need for accelerated economic cooperation and new drivers of growth for long-term, predictable, and sustained economic cooperation. They also appreciated the success accomplished by mutual investments and are looking forward to greater future investments between the nations.

5. The leaders noted that both have similar stances on various international issues and agreed to further strengthen cooperation at multilateral fora, including at the UN Security Council. In a joint statement, the two sides stressed that partnership for peace, progress, and prosperity aptly covers the state and prospects of bilateral ties.

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6. Putin and Modi are also looking forward to greater inter-regional cooperation between Indian and Russian regions and acknowledged the ongoing bilateral cooperation in the fight against the Covid pandemic, which includes the assistance extended by both countries

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