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PM Modi and Russian President Putin talk post 15th BRICS summit, Putin to not attend G20

By Priti Prakash | PUBLISHED: 28, Aug 2023, 20:32 pm IST | UPDATED: 28, Aug 2023, 20:35 pm IST

PM Modi and Russian President Putin talk post 15th BRICS summit, Putin to not attend G20 New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation today with the President of the Russian Federation, H.E Mr. Vladimir Putin.

As per an MEA release the two leaders reviewed progress on number of issues of bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concern, including the recently concluded BRICS Summit in Johannesburg.

MEA said, President Putin conveyed his inability to attend the G20 Summit in New Delhi on 9-10 September 2023 and informed that Russia would be represented by Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Sergey Lavrov.

While expressing an understanding for Russia’s decision, PM thanked President Putin for Russia’s consistent support to all initiatives under India’s G20 Presidency. The two leaders agreed to remain in touch.

As per a release by Kremlin, in the telephonic talks between President Putin and PM Modi, 'The results of the XV BRICS Summit in Johannesburg were discussed. The significance of the agreements reached, primarily, the expansion of BRICS, which will undoubtedly contribute to the growth of its influence in international affairs, was emphasized.'

'The sides agreed on close interaction in the context of Russia's BRICS chairmanship starting on January 1, 2024. An exchange of views was also held with regard to the upcoming G20 summit in New Delhi.'

Kremlin said, 'Topical issues of Russian-Indian relations, steadily developing in the spirit of the special and privileged strategic partnership, were touched upon. The positive dynamics of trade and economic cooperation was underscored. A mutual commitment to the consistent implementation of large-scale projects in the energy sector and joint work on expansion of international transport and logistics infrastructure was expressed.'

'Vladimir Putin once again warmly congratulated Narendra Modi on the successful landing of the Indian space station Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon near its South Pole. They reaffirmed the willingness to further develop bilateral cooperation in the space exploration.'
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