Redefining the conduct of foreign policy, after China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have his second "informal summit" with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian city of Sochi, situated on the Black Sea on May 21.
Both leaders will also discuss their respective national developmental priorities and bilateral matters, the ministry said, adding that the visit is taking place at the invitation of Putin. Since the beginning of 2018, they have had several phone conversations.
This is in line with the new template framed last month, when Modi had travelled to Wuhan to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 28. By the end of 2017, India was Russia's 17th major trade partner, accounting for 1.6% of the entire trade turnover. But apart from bilateral interests like weapons and the impending sanctions, chances are that the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in China and ways to cope with the unpredictable and rapidly changing global situation also come up discussion. Last week, just after USA withdrew from JCPOA, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited Moscow for consultations.
The informal Summit in Russia's Sochi between PM Modi and President Putin is in keeping with the tradition of regular consultations between India and Russian Federation at the highest levels. There had been some differences over Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it had never threatened the relationship, as per sources.
Rosoboronexport has long-standing significant contracts and business ties with India and other countries.
Informal summits are clearly the flavour of the season. "Instead, the focus" will be on discussions on the "big picture" globally, according to observers. The national security advisor also held talks with Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev besides calling on Lavrov, an Indian Embassy statement said.
India and Russian Federation have been part of 18 formal summits owing to the strategic partnership signed between the countries in 2000. This could affect the S-400 missile defence system deal which is said to be at an advanced stage of negotiations. Reports in the media have suggested that Pakistan was keen on defence purchases from Russian Federation.
The recent developments have also meant that numerous powers have also been holding talks with Putin. The two leaders have established a personal chemistry between them which is quite visible whenever and wherever they have met over the past four years.