PM Modi, President Putin vow to bolster Indo-Russia ties, discuss Covid-19 crisis

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a conversation on Thursday regarding the coronavirus crisis on Thursday and reiterated their strong commitment to further strengthen the Indo-Russia ties for jointly addressing the challenges of the post-Covid world.

During a telephonic call, the two leaders agreed to keep the drive of bilateral contacts and consultations, leading to the annual bilateral summit to be held in India later this year. TPM Modi conveyed his keenness to welcome Putin in India for the bilateral summit.

The leaders also discussed the effective measures undertaken by the two countries to look into the negative consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic and emphasized on the importance of closer India-Russia ties for combined tackling of the challenges of the post-Covid world, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

PM Modi thanked President Putin for the successful Russian Chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and BRICS this year. “He conveyed his eagerness to participate in the forthcoming SCO and BRICS Summit later this year, as well as the Council of SCO Heads of Government to be hosted by India,” the statement read.

The prime minister noted the participation of an Indian contingent in the military parade held in Moscow on June 24 as a symbol of the abiding friendship between the people of India and Russia.

An official statement issued by the Russian side said the two leaders discussed topical issues on the Russian-Indian agenda and confirmed their mutual commitment to further strengthening the privileged bilateral strategic partnership and close cooperation both in the bilateral format and within international organisations and associations.