MOSCOW, May 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks on May 21 in Sochi with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will pay a working visit to Russia, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.
"There are plans to discuss key issues of developing Russian-Indian very privileged strategic partnership and also to exchange views on vital issues of the international and regional agenda," the statement said.
This will be the first meeting between Putin and Modi this year. Since the beginning of 2018, they have had several phone conversations. The previous talks between the Russian president and the Indian prime minister were held in September 2017 on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in China’s Xiamen.
According to the Russian Federal Customs Service, in 2017 the Russian-Indian trade turnover hit $9.4 bln, a 21.4% increase year-on-year.
Russia’s exports to India reached $6.5 bln, while its imports from India were worth $2.9 bln. By the end of 2017, India was Russia’s 17th major trade partner, accounting for 1.6% of the entire trade turnover.