You are here: Home » News-ANI » International » World
Business Standard

India, Russia and China to hold trilateral meeting on sidelines of G-20 Summit in Japan

ANI  |  Asia 

India, and will hold a meeting on the sidelines of the in in later this month.

This was disclosed after a meeting between and Russian on the sidelines of the (SCO) meeting here.

"It is planned that there will be a Russia, and meeting on the sidelines of the in Osaka, Japan," told the media while briefing on the meeting between Modi and Putin.

Ever since was formed, has been actively participating in the meetings. Although there are no binding commitments in G20, it sets the agenda for multilateral trade relations. The members represent two-thirds of the world's people and 85 per cent of its economy.

Gokhale alsosaid that Modi will visit in early September as the main guest at the Eastern Economic Forum to which he was formally invited by Putin.

"Putin has invited Modi formally to be the main guest at Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, in early September, and Modi has warmly accepted the invitation. So, this will be a bilateral visit that Prime Minister will make and thereafter for bilateral summit," Gokhale said.

Russia has also activated the first batch of orders of AK-203 rifles, he said.

"Naturally, discussions took place on defence related issues. Prime Minister thanked Putin for the rapidity with which Russia had responded to our request for Make in to manufacture the AK-203 rifles in Amethi. This is a project which was set up in record time and President confirmed that the first batch of orders was already activated. Both leaders were very pleased with it. In a sense, this marks the beginning of the process where we will move away from the buyer, seller relationship to one way that is and Make in India, job creation and content creation in India," he said.

It was during his official visit to India last October that Putin and Modi reached an agreement on producing assault rifles' 200 series in India.

On 3 March, Modi launched an AK-203 rifle manufacturing unit in Amethi as part of the - a joint venture between and a Russian firm.

"One of the areas President Putin particularly mentioned was the modernisation of Indian Railways. In this regard, they are doing a study for the upgrading of the Nagpur-Secundrabad line and this was the area in which Russia is interested in.

During his meeting with Putin, Modi said, "I am obliged with the highest respect order of St Andrew the Apostle, on behalf of people of India. I am very grateful for your support for the rifle manufacturing unit in Amethi. We will meet in (summit) coming days in

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 13 2019. 20:15 IST