PM, Putin vow to boost India-Russia ties to jointly tackle post-COVID challenges

PM Modi met Russian President Vladmir Putin

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today had a telephonic conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin as the two leaders took note of the effective measures undertaken by the two countries to address the negative consequences of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

They agreed on the importance of closer India-Russia ties for jointly addressing the challenges of the post-COVID world, according to the External Affairs Ministry.

During the conversation, Prime Minister warmly congratulated President Putin on the success of celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in the Second World War. To recall, Russia recently held World War II Victory Day Parade in Moscow which was also attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

The PM also congratulated Putin for the successful completion of the vote on constitutional amendments in Russia. He recalled the participation of Indian contingent in the military parade held in Moscow on 24 June, as a symbol of abiding friendship between the peoples of India and Russia, the MEA said in a statement.

Apart from that, Modi and Putin agreed to maintain the momentum of bilateral contacts and consultations, leading to the annual bilateral Summit to be held in India later this year. The PM conveyed his keenness to welcome President Putin in India for the Summit.

The Russian President also thanked PM Modi for the phone call and reiterated his commitment to further strengthen the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries in all spheres.