Modi set to visit Russia's Sochi for 'informal' meet with Vladimir Putin | 10 points
PM Narendra Modi is all set to visit Sochi to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 21.
PM Modi left for Russia's Sochi today morning.
The "informal" meet between Modi and President Vladimir Putin will be the Indian PM's second visit to Russia.
Modi visited Russia last in June 2017.
Here are 10 things to know about Modi's second visit to Russia:
- A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said that Modi's visit is taking place at the invitation of Putin.
- Sources claim that the two leaders will meet for four to six hours for "agenda-less" talks.
- According to sources, the leaders could go for a walk along the Black Sea or in a park and that there will be enough photo-ops.
- Several sources said that the issues to be discussed by PM Modi and Putin will include economic impact of the US' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, terrorism, the situation in Afghanistan and Syria, matters related to Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the BRICS summit.
- The meet will provide PM Modi and Putin an opportunity to discuss regional and international issues at length. The two leaders will have four more opportunities to meet this year - the SCO summit, BRICS summit, G20 summit and the Annual Bilateral Summit between India and Russia. However, the time allotted during these summits is too small for the leaders to have discussions at length.
- Speculations about the two leaders talking about CAATSA (Countering Americas Adversaries through Sanctions Act) are high. India had earlier made it clear that it will not let a third country dictate its defence engagement with Russia.
- Speaking to news agency ANI, India's Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran said that talks are expected to begin at 1 pm Russian time, which will be followed by a lunch hosted by Putin.
- Earlier this month, NSA Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale visited Moscow to meet the Russian NSA and the foreign minister. They met several other senior officials. The focus of Doval and Gokhale's visit was on the Afghan issue and the situation in West Asia.
- PM Modi's visit comes weeks after his "informal" visit to China, and Putin's swearing-in as the Russian President for the fourth time.
- This visit comes at a time when there is a lot of movement in the global circuit. India and Russia could discuss the Indo-Pacific maritime security issue, North Korea, issue of regional security and the trade war with United State of America, said a source.