Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to leave for Russia on Wednesday for a two-day trip. Modi is likely to hold summit talks with President Vladimir Putin, ink big defence deals, talk economic ties and terrorism.
This will be his 24th international trip and second to Russia in 2015 as he had visited Russia for BRICS summit meet in July this year.
Continuing his tradition of addressing diaspora event, Modi will speak to a 3000-strong Indian community in Moscow during his visit.
“We expect to sign a number of agreements covering a very broad range of fields. Final touches are being given on some of them,” Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar told reporters.
PM Modi and President Putin will also discuss the situation in Syria and ways to tackle terrorism. “This would definitely be one of the most important engagements for us,” Mr Jaishankar said.
Modi’s foreign trip has been a subject of intense conversation in India with his detractors calling him NRI prime minister. On Tuesday, the Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal had taken a dig accusing him of fulfilling his long desire visit around the world because ‘he couldn’t do so earlier following travel ban.’
Modi’s Russia visit is taking place when India is mourning the deaths of 10 BSF personnel in a tragic plan crash on Tuesday. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh met the families of those killed over an hour ago.
Singh became emotional while interacting with the families and at one point he was seen wiping his tears.