Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing his well wishes for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections next year. Putin emphasized the enduring “traditional conventional friendly ties” between Moscow and New Delhi, irrespective of the political landscape. During a meeting with External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, Putin conveyed his optimism about the progressing relationship with India despite global turmoil.

Putin discussed the developments in Ukraine, indicating ongoing dialogues between India and Russia on the matter. He praised India’s commitment to resolving the Ukraine issue through peaceful means. The Russian President extended an invitation for Prime Minister Modi to visit Russia, expressing eagerness to discuss current issues and future prospects of the Russo-Indian relationship.

While acknowledging India’s busy political schedule next year, including parliamentary elections, Putin expressed confidence that friendly ties between the nations will endure regardless of political shifts. India has maintained a diplomatic stance on the Ukraine conflict, advocating for a peaceful resolution through dialogue. Despite global pressure, India continued to purchase Russian oil, reflecting its commitment to national interests.

In an interview, External Affairs Minister Dr Jaishankar highlighted Prime Minister Modi’s directive to prioritize India’s interests in international relations. He emphasized the need for India to secure the best possible deals for its citizens, particularly in managing the impact of high energy prices. India’s stance underscores its commitment to building global relations while safeguarding national interests.

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