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The Prime Minister, who held the annual summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Hyderabad House here, said the 2+2 mechanism between the two countries has started a new mechanism to increase cooperation between the two countries. “Both countries have not only helped each other without any hesitation but have also taken care of each others’ sensitivities. This is really a unique and trustworthy model of intrusted friendship,” he said. Also Read - Petrol, Diesel Prices May Soon Rise As Crude Oil Price Touches Seven Year High

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This is the first in-person between PM Modi and Putin since they met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in 2019 in Brasilia. The visit of the Russian leader is in continuation of the tradition of annual summits held alternately in India and Russia.

Key Takeaways from the Meeting:

  • 28 agreements/MoUs signed during the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit in New Delhi today
  • PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed regional & global developments, including post-pandemic global economic recovery, & the situation in Afghanistan
  • PM Modi thanked President Putin for the welfare of Indian community in Russia, especially during COVID pandemic.
  • Both leaders discussed the need for mutual recognition of vaccine certification to enable easier travel by our citizens to each other’s countries
  • On the trade & investment side, there are some specific plans which include long-term corporation in the areas of inland waterways, fertilizers, coking coals, steel, skilled manpower.
  • President Putin’s visit is short but highly productive & substantive. There were excellent discussions between the two leaders.
  • The issue of RELOS (Reciprocal Exchange of Logistics Agreement) has been put off for some time because there are still a few issues that we need to discuss further, so I think we will be concluding it at the earliest: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said after India-Russia meet

PM Modi said that various fundamental changes had occurred at the global level in the last few decades and multiple new geopolitical equations have emerged but despite these variables, the friendship between the two countries has been constant.

He emphasised that 2021 is a special year for the strategic partnership between India and Russia.

“Today, the first 2+2 dialogue was convened among our foreign and defence ministers. The dialogue has begun a new mechanism to increase our practical cooperation. We have also been regularly in touch on Afghanistan and other regional issues,” the Prime Minister said.

“The regional partnership that began from Eastern Economic Forum and Vladivostok summit today is turning into real assistance between Indian states and Russian Far East,” he added.

The Prime Minister said the two countries are also implementing a long-term vision to strengthen economic ties.

(With ANI inputs)