02 Jul 2020, 05:43 pm By Arpita Pandey
PM Modi dials Putin to congratulate him; the leaders discuss post COVID challenges

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to congratulate him on the 75th anniversary of Russia’s victory in the Second World War and also for the successful completion of the vote on constitutional amendments in Russia. During the telephonic conversation, Indian PM Modi and the Russian President took note of the effectual measures undertaken by both the countries to fight off the pandemic’s consequences and mutually agreed that it is important and wise for India and Russia to maintain close ties and to jointly address the post COVID challenges of the world.

Both the leaders agreed to maintain the momentum of bilateral contacts & consultations, leading to the annual bilateral Summit to be held in India later this year. PM Modi also conveyed his eagerness to welcome President Putin in India for the bilateral Summit as well.

Russian President Putin thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the phone call and reiterated his commitment to further strengthen the Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries in all spheres.

 

President Vladimir Putin has just won a resounding victory in his bid to stay in power until the middle of the next decade as Russians voted overwhelmingly to endorse the country's political status quo, according to preliminary results. Russians went to the polls to cast votes on Wednesday. The vote paves the way for Putin, who has ruled for two decades, to remain president until 2036.

Strengthened connections with a here-to-stay leader like Putin of a powerful country like Russia are indeed crucial for India in the wake of the ongoing clash with China. India and China are not currently on good terms owing to the Galwan Valley face-off earlier last month.

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