PM Modi Russia Visit | ‘Western countries are jealous of Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia’, Kremlin issues statement

Russia expects Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a “very important and full-fledged visit” to Moscow for summit-level talks with President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin said the West is watching this visit with envy. Prime Minister Modi will be in Moscow from July 8 to 9 at the invitation of President Putin for the 22nd India-Russia Annual Summit. This will be Modi’s first visit to Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

Announcing the high-level visit beginning on Monday in New Delhi on Thursday, the Ministry of External Affairs said the two leaders will review the entire range of multifaceted relations between the two countries and exchange views on contemporary regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview to Russia’s state-run VGTRK television channel on Saturday that Prime Minister Modi’s programme in Moscow will be extensive and the two leaders will be able to hold informal talks.

“Obviously, the agenda will be extensive, if not very busy. It will be an official visit, and we hope that the two heads of state will also be able to talk in an informal way,” he said. Peskov said Russian-Indian relations are at the level of a strategic partnership. He said there will be both face-to-face talks and delegation-to-delegation talks in the Kremlin. “We are expecting a very substantial and full-fledged visit, which is of great importance for Russian-Indian relations,” official news agency TASS quoted him as saying.

Peskov also stressed that the West is closely and jealously monitoring Prime Minister Modi’s upcoming visit to Russia. Responding to a question about Western politicians’ jealous attitude towards Modi’s visit to Russia, Peskov said, “They are jealous – that means they are closely following it. Their close monitoring means they attach great importance to it. And they are not mistaken, there is something to attach great importance to.”

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Modi has held several telephone conversations with Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, stressing the importance of ending the war that has hit the global economy.

Reflecting its strong friendship with Russia, India has not yet condemned Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and has maintained that the conflict should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.

India’s imports of discounted Russian crude oil have also risen significantly, despite G7 price caps and growing uneasiness over purchases in several Western capitals.

This will be Modi’s first visit to Russia in nearly five years. His last visit to Russia was in 2019 when he attended an economic conference in the Far East city of Vladivostok.

The annual summit between the Prime Minister of India and the President of Russia is the highest institutional dialogue mechanism in the strategic partnership between the two countries.

So far, India and Russia have held 21 annual summits alternately. The last annual summit was held in New Delhi on December 6, 2021, when Putin visited India.

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