PM Modi, Putin meet for annual summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi  shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin before their meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, Friday, Oct 5, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin before their meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, Friday, Oct 5, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met here Friday for the 19th India-Russia annual bilateral summit during which they will deliberate on a host of bilateral, regional and global issues.

The summit began at Hyderabad House here this morning.

“A relationship radiating warmth and affection! PM @narendramodi welcomed @KremlinRussia_E Vladimir Putin for the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit continuing the series of fruitful engagements this year!” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders at Hyderabad House.

A number of agreements, including the crucial USD 5 billion S-400 air missile defence system deal, are expected to be signed later in the day.

Putin had a one-on-one meeting with the prime minister after his arrival here Thursday evening. Modi had hosted a private dinner for the visiting dignitary.

The Russian president, who leaves Friday evening, is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov.

(PTI)