Ahead of the BRICS summit, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Saturday said that India expects very substantive and fruitful discussions on a whole range of issues.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Panaji ahead of the BRICS summit. Both India and Russia are expected to cover a host of areas in their bilateral talks including defence and energy, trade and investment.
“The India-Russia partnership covers a whole host of areas and not just the defence and energy but also trade and investment ties will be a major focus. Infrastructure, greater partnership on the energy side as well and of course defence security, counter terrorism are expected to dominate,” Swarup said.
Swarup stated that the two leaders are also going to witness the laying of the foundation of Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3 and 4.
The spokesperson added that a joint statement can be expected between India and Russia and a number of agreements are expected to be signed.
“The Prime Minister is expected to have two more bilaterals. The first is with the president of China and then with the President of South Africa. Then the leaders will have a group photo with the BRICS under 17 football team captains,” Swarup said.
The MEA spokesperson asserted that the photo op with the football captains was a very important initiative, which contributes to greater people-to-people ties between the BRICS nations.
Prime Minister Modi, earlier in the day, took to Twitter to welcome the Russian leader saying that, “India welcomes you, President Putin! Wishing you a fruitful India visit.”
After having arrived in Panaji, both leaders held restricted talks which were then followed by delegation level talks.
Both countries are likely to sign a multi-billion deal for the S-400 Triumf long range air defence missile systems.
The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma in the evening on the sidelines of the five-nation BRICS Summit and BIMSTEC outreach meet.