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Russian Defence and Foreign Ministers arrive in India for the first 2+2 ministerial dialogue

Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in India for a 2+2 ministerial dialogue at the level of the foreign and defence ministers of India and Russia.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is also scheduled to meet EAM Dr S Jaishankar prior to the commencement of the newly instituted 2+2 dialogue.

During the inaugural 2+2 dialogue, the Russian side will be represented by Defence and Foreign Ministers of Russia Sergey Shoigu and Sergey Lavrov and the Indian side will be represented by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar.

“Both ministers are expected to discuss bilateral, regional and international political and defence issues,” MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

Earlier, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh receives Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan in New Delhi. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to co-chair ‘Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation’ with Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu.

Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit India:

Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a short visit to India today i.e. December 6, 2021, for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit. During the visit, President Putin to hold a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House at 5:30 pm.

This will be the first in-person meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and PM Narendra Modi after their November 2019 meeting during the BRICS summit in Brasilia.

During the summit, both the leaders will discuss ways to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. The two world leaders will also exchange views on regional, multilateral and international issues of mutual interest.

A joint statement is proposed to be issued at the end of the summit, which will encapsulate the discussions, understandings and agreements signed during and also in the run-up to the summit, a release by the Ministry of External Affairs stated.

Earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin had stated that he aims to discuss with PM Modi new “large-scale” initiatives on further developing “specially privileged” Russian-Indian relations.

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