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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The two will be discussing a variety of issues including Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific, etc
  • The bilateral talks will end up with a dinner at the LKM
  • This stands to be Putin’s second visit to India, ahead of his last visit on 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to host Russian president Valdimir Putin for a personal meet at his residence on December 6. After the bilateral meeting, which will take place at Lok Kalyan Marg (LKM), the two will be having dinner together. Both leaders will be discussing a range of issues including Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific, crisis of terrorism in the Middle East, and climate change.

This is going to be the Russian president’s second visit to the country after his arrival earlier in 2018. As per sources, Putin will shorten the time period of his visit to only a few hours because of the tumultuous pandemic situation in Russia. A number of agreements will be considered for finalization by both the personalities during their meeting, leaving out the Modi administration’s plan to acquire S-400 missiles from Moscow. Sources said that the leaders are not prepared to sign the specific agreement.

India witnesses the S-400 missile as an urgent requirement to counter its neighbouring country China. A concerned authority has said, “One must understand that the purchase of five S-400 systems was contracted early in 2018 when other options were not on the table. It is a must to counter China which has a formidable arsenal on the LAC since May 2020.”

The representatives of both the countries who are scheduled to meet at LKM, are concerned about the scenario of Afghanistan under the Taliban rule, as the crisis may flood over to the Central Asian countries at any time. This stands to be the prime reason for Afghanistan to receive special focus during the discussions. The Indo-Pacific, serving as a new water route to Europe, will get attention from the leaders as well.

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