PM Modi, who hosted the Russian president in New Delhi’s Hyderabad House, said the coronavirus pandemic could not dent the relationship between both nations and ties continue to strengthen between the two.
Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Monday as India and Russia kicked off their first ‘2+2’ ministerial dialogue to elevate the age-old ties between the two nations.
Earlier in the day, India and Russia signed an agreement for the procurement of more than 600,000 AK-203 assault rifles through Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd, under the military-technical cooperation arrangement for 2021-31. It also renewed military-technical cooperation for another 10 years in the process.
Putin is meeting PM Modi for the second after they spoke in 2019 on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. This is Putin’s second trip abroad following the Covid-19 pandemic. He met US President Joe Biden in Geneva in June.