Russian President Vladimir Putin will make an official visit to New Delhi on 6 December for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi has given this information. At the same time, the Russian Embassy said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will visit India on December 6 for ‘2+2’ ministerial talks between the two countries.
Lavrov and Shoigu will hold meetings with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. “On December 6, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov along with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will hold talks with their Indian counterparts S Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh in New Delhi,” an embassy spokesperson said. He said the ministers are expected to hold in-depth discussions on key regional and international issues, including the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and developments in Afghanistan and Syria.
Talks will continue in future also
Russia refers to the Indo-Pacific as Asia-Pacific. The spokesperson said the two sides are also expected to exchange views at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral meeting. “In future, Russia and India intend to hold talks in this format alternately from time to time,” the spokesman said.
Putin coming to India on second foreign visit
India has been holding ‘2+2’ ministerial talks with some countries including the US, Japan and Australia, in which two ministers each are involved. Earlier, Putin had visited India in the year 2018. Putin’s visit is taking place at a time when India is going to get the S-400 missile defense system by the end of this year. This is Putin’s second foreign trip this year. Earlier, he had gone to Geneva to meet US President Joe Biden.