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SOURCE: PTI

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday night welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence at Novo-Ogaryovo for a “private engagement” during which he praised the visiting Indian leader for the work he has done for the country’s progress.

I would like to congratulate you on your reelection as prime minister. I think this is not an accident, but the result of your work over many years, Putin told Modi as they held an informal meeting in a residence outside Moscow.

You have your own ideas. You are a very energetic person, able to achieve results in the interests of India and the Indian people, Putin said. The result is obvious.
India firmly ranks as the world’s third-largest economy, Putin was quoted as saying by the state-run Tass news agency.

Putin said Prime Minister Modi has devoted his entire life to serving his people and they can feel it.

As the two heads of state held an informal meeting over a cup of tea at the official residence outside Moscow, Modi recollected the recent elections in his country, saying that the people of India gave him a chance to serve the Motherland.

You have devoted your entire life to serving the Indian people, and they can feel it, Putin replied.

You are right, I have only one goal: It is the people and my country, the prime minister said with a smile, the Tass report said.

In a post on X, Prime Minister Modi expressed his gratitude to President Putin for hosting him at Novo-Ogaryovo.

“Looking forward to our talks tomorrow as well, which will surely go a long way in further cementing the bonds of friendship between India and Russia,” he said.

Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs described the private event as a “meeting of two close friends and trusted partners.”
“PM @narendramodi welcomed by President Vladimir Putin of Russia at his official residence at Novo-Ogaryovo for a private engagement,” it said, sharing some photographs of the meeting.

It is an occasion for the two leaders to cherish & celebrate India-Russia friendship, it said.

In his first trip since the start of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Modi on Monday travelled to Russia to hold summit talks with Putin on Tuesday — a visit that is being seen as having a wider geopolitical context and signalling.

Shortly after landing in Moscow, Modi said he is looking forward to deepening bilateral partnership in futuristic areas and that stronger ties between India and Russia will “greatly benefit our people”.

India seeks to play a “supportive role” for a peaceful and stable region, the prime minister said in his departure statement.

Modi was received at the Vnukovo-II airport by Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Denis Manturov.