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Crimean leader in Delhi during Putin visit; may be a thorn in Obama’s side in Jan

Sergey Aksyonov met a Mumbai businessman to discuss boosting trade with the Black Sea region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media after his meeting with French President Francois Hollande at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. French President Francois Hollande met with Russia's Vladimir Putin during an impromptu visit to Moscow on Saturday, as tensions remain high over the ongoing conflict in east Ukraine and France's decision to suspend the delivery of two warships to Moscow. (AP Photo/Vasily Maximov, Pool)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media after his meeting with French President Francois Hollande at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. French President Francois Hollande met with Russia’s Vladimir Putin during an impromptu visit to Moscow on Saturday, as tensions remain high over the ongoing conflict in east Ukraine and France’s decision to suspend the delivery of two warships to Moscow. (AP Photo/Vasily Maximov, Pool)

The leader of Crimea, the former Ukrainian territory annexed by Russia, arrived for unofficial talks in New Delhi on Thursday as President Vladimir Putin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for summit talks.

Sergey Aksyonov met a Mumbai businessman to discuss boosting trade with the Black Sea region. India does not support Western sanctions against Russia, but the informal meeting may prove an irritant before President Barack Obama visit India in January.