New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke on telephone on August 24 with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, and discussed the unfolding situation in Afghanistan and its implications for the region and the world.
The two leaders opined that it was important for the two strategic partners to work together and instructed their senior officials to remain in touch. They expressed satisfaction at the progress in the ‘Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership’ between both countries despite the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic.
PM Modi and President Putin appreciated the ongoing bilateral cooperation in the fight against the Covid pandemic, especially in the supply and production of ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine.
The leaders also touched upon the forthcoming multilateral engagements, including the BRICS Summit, meeting of the Council of SCO Heads of State, and India’s participation in the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).
Prime Minister Modi said he looked forward to President Putin’s visit to India for the next bilateral summit. The two leaders agreed to remain in touch on bilateral and global issues, in particular, the situation in Afghanistan.