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Modi's Visit to Moscow Spotlights Strong India-Russia Ties

Jul 5, 2024 | 16:45 GMT

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) greets Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) before a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, on Dec. 6, 2021.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) greets Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) before a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, on Dec. 6, 2021.

(Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)

An upcoming meeting between India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russia's President Vladimir Putin underscores New Delhi's efforts to maintain balanced relations with Moscow, paving the way for renewed India-Russia summits and the finalization of a major defense deal. Modi is scheduled to visit Moscow, Russia, on July 8-9 for discussions with Putin. This visit marks Modi's first trip to the Russian capital since 2015 and his first to Russia since the invasion of Ukraine (he visited Vladivostok in September 2019 for the Eastern Economic Forum). Additionally, this visit follows Putin's fifth consecutive swearing-in as president of Russia in May, as well as confirmation of Modi's third straight term as India's prime minister in June....

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