New Delhi: Russia President Vladimir V. Putin late on Thursday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the phone.

Expressing his deep condolences on the Pulwama terrorist attack, Putin also conveyed solidarity of the people of the Russian Federation with the people of India in the fight against terrorism.

ANI reported that PM Modi thanked Putin for his steadfast support to India’s efforts to protect its interests against cross-border terror attacks, and renewed India’s commitment to strengthening bilateral cooperation in countering terrorism as a pillar of privileged and special strategic partnership.

Both the leaders also agreed that the growing cooperation between the two countries will take their Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership from strength to strength.

President Putin reiterated the invitation to PM Modi to attend the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok later this year. The PM welcomed the invitation and underscored the significance of growing economic cooperation, including in the Russian Far East, between the two countries.

Putin was also among the first few international leaders to speak out against the Pulwama terror attack. Soon after the attack, in a message to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi, Putin had said, “Please accept the most sincere condolences in connection with the loss of Indian law enforcement officers in the terrorist act in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We strongly condemn this brutal crime. The perpetrators and sponsors of this attack, undoubtedly, should be duly punished.

“I would like to reiterate the readiness for further strengthening counter-terrorist cooperation with Indian partners. In Russia, we share the grief of friendly people of India and hope for a speedy recovery of the injured.”