21st India-Russia Annual Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to pay an official visit to New Delhi on December 6, 2021.

Key facts

  • President Putin is coming to attend 21st India-Russia Annual Summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • This summit will be the first face-to-face meeting between both the leaders, following their meeting of the BRICS Summit in November 2019 in Brasilia.

Background

India-Russia Annual Summit was last held in September 2019. In 2019, PM Modi visited to Vladivostok (Russia). The Annual Summit of 2020 was postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Agenda of 2021 summit

  • During the 2021 Summit, both the leaders will review the state and prospects of bilateral relations.
  • They will discuss ways to further strengthen the strategic relationship between both the countries.
  • Summit will also provide an opportunity to exchange views on international, multilateral and regional issues of mutual interest.
  • They will exchange views on topical issues on the international agenda, such as joint work within the BRICS, G20, and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

2+2 Ministerial dialogue

The 2+2 Ministerial dialogue will be held between both the countries on December 6, 2021. It will be held by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov & Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu with their Indian counterparts, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

India-Russia Relations

Presently, Russia is the largest Defence Supplier of India. India has bought defence systems like S-400 from Russia. India and Russia are members of BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. Russia also supports for India’s permanent membership at United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Astronauts who have been shortlisted for the Human Space Flight Programme of India were trained by Russia. Russia is also helping India in building Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu.

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