Modi ‘willing to do his utmost’ to resolve Russia-Ukraine issue: President Putin invites PM to visit Russia | India News – Times of India

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In a significant diplomatic move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Russia next year. This invitation, conveyed during a meeting with external affairs mnister S Jaishankar at the Kremlin, underscores the enduring strategic partnership between India and Russia amidst a complex global landscape.
The big picture: strengthening Indo-Russian ties

  • Putin’s warm welcome: Putin expressed his eagerness to host Modi, emphasizing the importance of discussing current issues and the future of bilateral relations.
  • “We will be glad to see our dear friend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, paying a visit to Russia, we will be able to discuss all the relevant, current issues and talk to the prospects of the Russian and Indian relationship,” Putin said.
  • Annual summit tradition: The leaders’ meeting will continue the tradition of annual summits, a cornerstone of the India-Russia strategic partnership.
  • The most recent summit occurred in New Delhi in December 2021.

Why it matters

  • Putin highlighted the growing trade turnover, especially in crude oil and high technology, marking a significant economic collaboration.
  • Jaishankar’s visit and discussions reflect the deep geopolitical alignment and mutual benefits driving the India-Russia relationship.

What they are saying: Diplomatic echoes

  • Putin’s on Ukraine: President Putin mentioned his multiple advisories to PM Modi regarding the situation in Ukraine, hinting at future discussions. “Many times, I advised him of how things have been going there and I know that he (PM Modi) is willing to do his utmost so that the issue is resolved by peaceful means. So, we probably will delve into that deeper now, and we will give additional information to you on that time,” said Putin.
  • Gratitude for India-Russia relations: Putin expressed appreciation for the growing ties between Russia and India, despite global challenges. “We are gratified to note that despite all the turmoil happening worldwide, the relationship with our true friend in Asia, India has been progressing incrementally,” Putin said.
  • Jaishankar: “A wide ranging and useful meeting with FM Sergey Lavrov of Russia. As strategic partners, discussed the international situation and contemporary issues. Exchanged views on Indo-Pacific, the Ukraine conflict, the Gaza situation, Afghanistan and Central Asia, BRICS, SCO, G20 and the UN. Noted the progress in our economic cooperation, energy trade, connectivity efforts, military-technical cooperation and people to people exchanges. Signed Protocol on Consultations for the period 2024-28. India-Russia relations reflect geopolitical realities, strategic convergence and mutual benefit.”
  • Lavrov’s acknowledgment: Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov acknowledged the importance of India’s stance on global issues, including the Ukraine conflict.

Significant boost to ‘Make in India’

  • The India-Russia discussions on military-technical cooperation have significantly bolstered the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
  • Focus on defense sector: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s commitment to producing modern weapons in India marks a key development in India’s defense manufacturing.
  • Strategic self-reliance: This collaboration aligns with India’s goal of self-reliance in defense, aiming to reduce import dependency and enhance indigenous capabilities.
  • Technology transfer and expertise: The joint production initiative will bring advanced technology and expertise to India, enhancing its defense infrastructure.
  • Economic and employment growth: The move is expected to stimulate investment, technological development, and create job opportunities within India’s manufacturing sector.

What to watch out for

  • Negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between India and the Eurasian Economic Union are set to resume, potentially enhancing economic ties.
  • Discussions on military-technical cooperation and the ‘Make in India’ initiative in defense production signal a deepening strategic alliance.

Beyond diplomacy

  • Ukraine conflict stance: India’s balanced approach to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, emphasizing dialogue and diplomacy, plays a crucial role in its foreign policy.
  • PM Modi’s peace efforts: Putin’s acknowledgment of Modi’s willingness to facilitate peaceful resolution in Ukraine highlights India’s growing influence in global affairs.
  • Continued engagement: With next general elections in 2024, the future political landscape will be crucial in determining the trajectory of India-Russia relations.
  • Global leadership role: India’s role in multilateral forums like BRICS, SCO, G20, and the UN will be pivotal in shaping its global leadership stance.

(With inputs from agencies)


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