Bishkek, June 13: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to be the main guest at the Eastern Economic Forum meeting in Vladivostok in early September.
Briefing media persons on PM Modi's meeting with President Putin, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the Prime Minister has accepted the invitation.
Mr. Gokhale also said that it was planned that there will be a Russia, India and China trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan.
While PM Modi and President Putin reviewed all aspects of bilateral relations to further strengthen the bilateral strategic relationship, Foreign Secretary said that in the past five years of the current government's term as many as 27 meetings have taken place of while 13 were bilateral meetings with Russia and 14 at multilateral fora between the two leaders. He said it is hoped that the same tradition and consistency will continue from both sides.
It was Mr. Modi's first meeting with President Putin after the BJP-led NDA government returned to power at the Centre by winning the Lok Sabha elections last month.
In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar described ties between Russia and India as a "privileged relationship". (UNI)