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PM Modi, Putin speak over phone, agree on setting up 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

During their talks, Prime Minister Modi thanked President Putin and noted that the prompt Russian support to India was a symbol of our enduring partnership. 

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New Delhi, First Published Apr 28, 2021, 9:53 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday held a telephonic conversation during which the two leaders decided to establish a new 2+2 dialogue at the ministerial level comprising foreign and defence ministers from both countries. 

The two leaders also discussed the evolving Covid-19 pandemic situation. 

"President Putin expressed solidarity with the people and government of India and conveyed that Russia would extend all possible support in this regard," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

During their talks, Prime Minister Modi thanked President Putin and noted that the prompt Russian support to India was a symbol of our enduring partnership. 

President Putin appreciated PM Modi for approval for the emergency use of the Sputnik-V vaccine in India.

The leaders noted that the Russian vaccine will be manufactured in India for use in India, Russia and third countries, it said.

Both leaders attached importance to further deepening bilateral cooperation in various sectors in the spirit of our special and privileged partnership, the statement said.

Further, the prime minister conveyed appreciation for the support received from Russia for India's Gaganyaan Program and the completion of the Russian phase of training of the four Gaganyaan astronauts. 

They also noted the scope for increasing cooperation in the area of renewable energy, including the Hydrogen economy. 

During their conversation, the two leaders recalled the important decisions taken during their last Summit meeting in Vladivostok in September 2019. 

PM Modi conveyed that he looks forward to President Putin's visit to India later this year for the bilateral summit which would provide an occasion to continue their personal and trusted conversation. 

President Putin assured him of Russia's full support for the success of India's presidency of BRICS during 2021.

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