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PM Modi departs for Russia

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Modi on Monday morning left for Russia's Sochi for an informal summit with Russian

The informal summit between the two leaders, which, has a broad-based agenda on global and regional issues, is expected to see the discussions on global terrorism, situation in Afghanistan-Pakistan, Syria, Islamic State (IS).

Indian to on Sunday exclusively told ANI that the two leaders will discuss mutual cooperation to improve each other's economy and influence in the international sphere.

Apart from holding bilateral talks on the entire gamut of bilateral relations, Saran said Modi and may also discuss the repercussions of nuclear deal post the withdrawal of the from the same.

Since and are both victims of terrorism, the two sides will also discuss threat and the situation in and

On reaching, Modi will be received by local dignitaries at the airport. He is then scheduled to visit the residence resort of

According to the sources, a large part of the informal meeting is one to one and a restricted delegation-level meeting is likely.

During the summit, the Indo-Russian cooperation in (SCO) and association of Brazil, Russia, India, and (BRICS) are likely to come as well.

The two leaders may also discuss the India-civil nuclear cooperation in third countries.

Most part of the five-hour engagement is one to one. Both the leaders will also exchange views on their domestic priorities.

The informal interaction has no specific agenda and is very flexible. No will be practiced, the sources said.

President Putin will also host lunch for Prime Minister Modi.

On Sunday, the to and said that his visit will strengthen the Special and between two countries.

"Greetings to the friendly people of Russia. I look forward to my visit to Sochi tomorrow and my meeting with President Putin. It is always a pleasure to meet him," he tweeted.

Am confident the talks with President Putin will further strengthen the Special and between and Russia," he said in another tweet.

This will be an important occasion for the two leaders to exchange views on international matters in a broad and long-term perspective with the objective of further strengthening the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership, a statement from the (MEA), issued on May 14, read.

The statement added this informal summit in Sochi, between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin, in keeping with the tradition of regular consultations between and Russia at the highest levels.

According to the statement, the summit is taking place at the invitation of Putin.

"There are plans to discuss key issues developing Russian-Indian very and also to exchange views on vital issues of the international and regional agenda," the Russian news agency TASS reported citing, the Kremlin press service, as saying in a statement.

This will be the first meeting between President Putin and Prime Minister Modi this year, however, since the beginning of the year, the two leaders have had several phone conversations.

This comes barely a month after when Prime Minister Modi attended a two-day informal summit along with Chinese President in city.

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First Published: Mon, May 21 2018. 07:55 IST