PM Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin 'discuss in detail' on Afgahanistan crisis
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday discussed the Afghanistan crisis in length as the situation in the war-torn country is deteriorating day by day.
New Delhi: In a series of discussions on the situation in neighbouring country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday discussed the Afghanistan crisis in length as the situation in the war-torn country is deteriorating day by day since it has been seized by the Taliban on August 15.
“Had a detailed and useful exchange of views with my friend President Putin on recent developments in Afghanistan. We also discussed issues on the bilateral agenda, including India-Russia cooperation against COVID-19. We agreed to continue close consultations on important issues,” Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi said in a tweet.
The talks between two leaders lasted for 45 minutes.
On Monday, the Prime Minister had also spoken to his German counterpart Chancellor Angela Merkel on the Afghanistan situation and its implications on the region and the world.
The two leaders had emphasised the importance of maintaining peace and security.
As per the reports, India and Russia have signed an agreement for immediate “off-the-shelf procurement” of 70,000 new 7.62×39mm AK 203 rifles.
The new rifles will replace the 5.56×45mm Indian Small Arms System that the army, navy, and air force currently use.
Russia will also supply surface-to-air missile defence system S-400 by end of this year.
Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, the deputy CEO of the air and space defence concern Almaz-Antey at the International Military-Technical Forum "ARMY-2021" said, “I can confirm that we will deliver [the S-400 system to India] by the end of 2021 in accordance with the schedule and contractual obligations of the Russian side.”
He also said that the first batch of Indian military personnel training was already completed and now the second batch is underway to operate the S-400.
The two countries had signed this deal for five S-400 regiments worth $5.43 billion in October 2018.
New Delhi and Moscow will hold their first ever 2+2 ministerial dialogue later this year. It is being said that the dialogue would take place before a summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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