Thursday , October 21 2021

PM Modi arrives in Sochi to hold informal summit with Putin

Russia’s summer beach resort city Sochi is all set to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. After becoming Russia’s president for the 4th time, Vladimir Putin himself invited Prime Minister Modi to visit Russia where both the leaders will hold informal talks.

The two leaders will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations. Since India and Russia are both victims of terrorism, the two sides will also discuss ISIS threat and the situation in Afghanistan and Syria. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he is looking forward to his visit to Sochi tomorrow and meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ahead of a day visit to Russia, the Prime Minister took to Twitter and said that his visit will strengthen the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership 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 Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia,” he said in another tweet.

After hosting Winter Olympics in 2014, Sochi gained popularity worldwide and became one of the best tourist destinations in Russia. The resort city Sochi is ready to add another chapter in the time tested friendship. In recent years, Sochi has become a diplomatic hub. 

Sochi is often called the unofficial ‘Summer Capital’ of Russia, or the Black Sea Pearl. This is the country’s biggest and busiest summer sea resort, attracting more than four million visitors annually with its amazing mountainous coastline and endless shingle beaches similar to Indian climate. From May to September Sochi’s population at least doubles with tourists, including celebrities and the political elite of the country.

“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 our Special and Privileged Strategic partnership,” the MEA said in a statement. It said both the leaders will also discuss their respective national developmental priorities and bilateral matters.

“This informal Summit in Sochi between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin is in keeping with the tradition of regular consultations between India and Russia at the highest levels,” the MEA said.

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