Had “productive” talks with Russian President Putin: Modi

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he held “wide-ranging and productive” talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin here on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, and emphasised that the friendship between the two countries was deep-rooted.Modi was meeting Putin for a third time after their informal summit in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi in Russia in May.The two leaders then met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Qingdao, China, in June.

The two leaders had a comprehensive discussion on bilateral issues of mutual interest, especially in trade, investment, energy, defence and tourism, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet later.The Modi-Putin meeting got over at midnight local time, he said.During their meeting in Sochi, India and had Russia elevated their strategic partnership to a “special privileged strategic partnership”.Modi arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday to attend the two-day BRICS Summit.