While Mosco prepares for the meeting of world’s two most powerful leaders, India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar visited Russia to review preparations. The minister met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov today to view arrangements for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia next week.
Talking to reporters at a joint press conference in Moscow, Mr Lavrov said that focus was on Prime Minister Modi’s talks with President Vladimir Putin and participation in the three-day Fifth Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok as chief guest.
Mr Lavrov said, his talks with Dr. Jaishankar also focused on a number of specific issues, including the necessity to intensify work on the creation of an international transport corridor North-South in the Russia-India-Iran format. They also discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Russian envoy in India Nikolay Kudashev had earlier said that PM Modi’s visit to Russia on September 4-5 will open a “new chapter” in the already close ties between the two countries as both sides will aim to expand cooperation in a plethora of areas, including defence, trade, civil nuclear energy and hydrocarbons.
In a befitting reply to Pakistan’s continuing threat of attacking India, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today lashed out at Pakistan that they will never forget if India attack them. The statement comes amid reports that Pakistan is mobilising troops and logistics along the borders with India after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.