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Narendra Modi, Vladimir Putin hold summit talks

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for summit level talks in New Delhi.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for summit level talks in New Delhi.

Earlier, Narendra Modi had expressed confidence that the visit will take the bilateral relations to "newer heights." "delighted to welcome President Putin to India. looking forward to a productive visit that will take India, Russia ties to newer heights," Modi tweeted in Russian ahead of his talks with Putin tomorrow on close strategic ties particularly in the fields of nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and defence. (Source: Express Photo by Renuka Puri)

This is Putin's first summit with PM Modi. (Source: Express Photo by Renuka Puri)

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in New Delhi late on Wednesday (December 10) for annual summit talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi that is aimed at building on the already close strategic ties, particularly in the fields of nuclear energy, hydrocarbons and defence.

Putin arrived in India for a one day visit with talks about investment ties between the two countries, aimed at boosting trade. (Source: AP)

Putin, who is accompanied by a high-level delegation that included business tycoons, was received by Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan among other dignitaries. (Source: PTI)

After the talks at Hyderabad House, the two sides are likely to ink 15-20 pacts. The talks at the highest level have been taking place since 2000 alternately in Moscow and New Delhi. (Source: PTI)

In his talks with Narendra Modi, both in restricted and delegation level formats, Putin is likely to seek deeper economic engagement with "time-tested" ally India to try to minimise impact of sanctions against Russia by the US and its Western allies over the Ukraine issue. (Source: PTI)

It will be the first annual summit meeting between Putin and Modi. The two leaders had met on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brazil in July and during the G-20 summit in Australia last month. (Source: PTI)