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Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to arrive in India today to hold the 21st annual India-Russia summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
This will be the first in-person meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin after their meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brasilia in November 2019.
Mr Putin decided to go ahead with the visit despite the emergence of a new COVID-19 strain Omicron which has affected the schedule of several international summits.
During the summit, PM Modi and the Russian President will review the prospects of Indian-Russian relations and will discuss ways to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.
The dialogue is expected to focus on "political and defence issues of mutual interest"
The annual summit is a time for both leaders to go over and redress the long-standing relationship
Before the annual summit, India and Russia will also hold the first 2+2 dialogue to be held at the level of the foreign and defence ministers.
Delhi | Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Russian Defence Minister General Sergey Shoigu sign agreements between India and Russia pic.twitter.com/QDF3greES4— ANI (@ANI) December 6, 2021
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will hold discussions with their Russian counterparts Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Shoigu.
"The agenda for the dialogue will cover political and defence issues of mutual interest. The establishment of this new mechanism of two plus two dialogue is expected to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.
Both countries are expected to sign several bilateral agreements in various areas following the talks between Mr Putin and PM Modi.