Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Russian city of Sochi next week for an informal summit with President Vladimir Putin on May 21 to deliberate on pressing global issues and explore ways to further boost the already close bilateral ties.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said it 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 'special and privileged strategic partnership' between the two countries.
"Both leaders will also discuss their respective national developmental priorities and bilateral matters," the MEA said.
The sources said Modi and Putin will discuss issues of strategic importance besides exploring ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in areas of trade, commerce, nuclear energy and defence.
Russia is keen to enhance economic cooperation with India. Putin has been making concerted efforts to push economic growth in his country which witnessed significant slowdown following Western sanctions after the Ukraine crisis.
India has been pressing Russia to share critical technology with it for defence production.
Energy-starved India, the third largest oil importer after the US and China, has also been pushing for greater involvement in major gas and oil exploration projects in Russia. Russia is one of the top oil producers globally and has huge reserves of natural gas.
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