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Vladimir Putin calls Narendra Modi on G20 regret, PM lauds Russia support

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday discussed the next week’s G20 Summit besides the just concluded Brics Summit and decided to give momentum to joint energy and connectivity projects. The PM expressed understanding of Putin’s decision to skip the event and lauded Moscow’s support for the Summit.

Modi and Putin held a telephone conversation to review progress on a number of issues of bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concern, including the recently concluded Brics Summit in Johannesburg and the group’s expansion, officials said.

The sides agreed on close interaction in the context of Russia’s Brics chairmanship starting on January 1, 2024.

Putin conveyed his inability to attend the G20 Summit and informed that Russia would be represented by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. ET was the first to report last week that Lavrov will represent Russia at the Summit.

While expressing an understanding for Russia’s decision, the PM thanked President Putin for Russia’s consistent support to all initiatives under India’s G20 Presidency. According to a readout by the Kremlin Putin once again warmly congratulated Modi on the successful landing of the Indian space station Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon near its South Pole. They reaffirmed the willingness to further develop bilateral cooperation in space exploration, according to the readout. Russia is among India’s oldest partners in the space sector and also trained astronauts for Gaganyaan.

The significance of the agreements reached, primarily, the expansion of BRICS, which will undoubtedly contribute to the growth of its influence in international affairs, was emphasized, according to the Kremlin readout. The two leaders also referred to the positive dynamics of trade and economic cooperation. A mutual commitment to the consistent implementation of large-scale projects in the energy sector and joint work on expansion of international transport and logistics infrastructure was expressed, according to the Kremlin readout.

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