Prime Minister Modi will be on a visit to Russia and Austria from 8 to 10 July

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New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Russia on a two-day visit on July 8 and 9, where he will attend the 22nd India-Russia Annual Summit and take a comprehensive review of the multifaceted relations between the two countries. The Ministry of External Affairs said that after concluding his visit to Russia, Modi will go to Austria, which will be the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Austria in 41 years.

This will be Modi’s first visit to Russia in nearly five years. His last visit to Russia was in 2019 when he attended an economic conference in Vladivostok. The annual summit between the Prime Minister of India and the President of Russia is the highest institutional dialogue mechanism regarding the strategic partnership between the two countries. So far, 21 annual summits have been held alternately between India and Russia.

The last summit was held in Delhi on 6 December 2021. President Vladimir Putin came to India to attend this summit. At the summit, the two sides signed 28 MoUs and agreements and also issued a joint statement titled “India-Russia Partnership for Peace, Progress and Prosperity”. Modi and Putin last held bilateral talks on 16 September 2022 during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

In the meeting, Modi had pressed Putin to end the conflict in Ukraine, saying that “today is not the era of war.” Modi had said, “I know that today is not the era of war. We have discussed this issue several times over the phone that democracy, diplomacy and dialogue affect the whole world.” Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Modi has had several telephone conversations with Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Reflecting its deep friendship with Russia, India has so far not condemned Moscow’s attack on Ukraine and has been saying that the crisis should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue. Despite the price cap set by the G-7 countries, India’s crude oil imports from Russia have increased significantly. This has increased anxiety about purchases in many Western countries. Modi will go to Australia from Russia. He will be in Australia on July 9 and 10.

The Ministry of External Affairs said, “This will be the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Austria in 41 years. He will meet the President of the Republic of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen and hold talks with the Chancellor of Austria Karl Nehammer.” The ministry said in a statement that the Prime Minister and the Chancellor will also address leading entrepreneurs from India and Austria. The Ministry of External Affairs said that Modi will also interact with members of the Indian community in Moscow and Vienna.

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