Putin and Modi hold talks in the Kremlin


Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have started talks in a narrow format in the Kremlin, RIA Novosti reported.

Putin and Modi hold talks in the Kremlin
"There is a very long-standing friendship between our countries, good relations that have developed over decades, and this year we celebrate 77 years of diplomatic relations. Today our relations have the character of a special, privileged strategic partnership," the Russian leader said.

He also noted the development of trade relations. Thus, last year trade turnover between the two countries increased by 66 per cent, and in the first quarter of 2024 it increased by another 20 per cent.

In addition, the Russian President thanked the Indian Prime Minister for the attention he pays to the peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis.

Modi, in turn, expressed confidence that Moscow and New Delhi will continue to work together and strengthen all aspects of co-operation. He also confirmed that he had discussed with Putin "the subject of Ukraine".

"As your friend, I always tell you that for the bright future of our future generations, peace is mandatory, so we believe that war will not solve, a solution cannot be (found. - Ed.) through war. [...] We are ready for any assistance," the Indian prime minister said.

Putin also wished Modi new successes in the development of the Indian state and invited him to the BRICS summit to be held in Kazan this autumn.

The Indian Prime Minister is in Russia on an official visit on 8-9 July.

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