Sochi Summit: PM Modi meets Putin, hails Russia's role in helping India get permanent SCO membership

21 May 2018, 09:15 PM
PM Narendra Modi meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (ANI Photo)
PM Narendra Modi meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (ANI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in Russian city Sochi to hold an “agendaless” informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is Modi’s second such meeting after the informal summit in Wuhan with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“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,” PM tweeted.

The two leaders will focus on pressing global and regional issues, including the impact of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, during the Sochi Informal Summit. They will meet for four to six hours for the “agendaless” talks where deliberations on bilateral issues were likely to be limited, sources said.

HIGHLIGHTS:

#08:30 pm: Modi and Putin take a boat ride from Bocharev Creek to Olympic Park in Sochi after their informal summit

#04:20 pm: India and Russia have been friends for a long time. Thankful to President Putin for inviting me for an informal meeting at Sochi: PM Narendra Modi in Russia's Sochi

#04:15 pm: Russia played a major role in helping India get a permanent membership in SCO. We are working together on International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and BRICS: PM Narendra Modi in Sochi

#01:25 pm: "All in 9 hours! Continuing the tradition of high-level visits, PM Narendra Modi arrives in Sochi for Informal Summit with President Putin. The two leaders will meet with delegation, followed by a private lunch at Bocharev Creek & conclude with Tete-a-tete before departing today," tweets MEA.

#12:25 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Russia's Sochi for an informal summit with President Vladimir Putin.

#10:15 am: Here is PM Modi's itinerary in Russia:  Modi will arrive in Sochi at 9:40 AM. He will hold restricted talks with President Vladimir Putin. After that, the prime minister will have Lunch and Tete-e-Tete with Putin. Later, the two leaders will visit Moya Russia-Ethno Centre at 03.45 pm and Sirius Educational Centre. With this visit, the summit will come to an end and Modi will depart for Delhi. 

# 09:25 am: "Am confident the talks with President Putin will further strengthen the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia," Modi tweeted before leaving for Russia. 

#09:05 pm: PM Modi leaves for a day-long summit to Sochi, Russia.

#09:00 am: Hello and Welcome to the News Nation Live Updates. On the line of Wuhan summit with the Chinese president, Modi will hold another informal meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in the coastal city of Sochi in Russia. We will be informing you about all the latest updates and happenings of PM's day-long Sochi informal summit.

First Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 09:46 AM
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