Amid India-China row, Modi, Putin vow to bolster ties

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dialled Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday with both the leaders agreeing to bolster the strategic relations between the two nations.

Modi also congratulated Putin on the success of the celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II, and also for the successful completion of the vote on constitutional amendments in Russia.

The two leaders agreed to maintain the momentum of bilateral contacts and consultations, leading to the annual bilateral summit to be held in India later this year.

Notably, the Modi and Putin held talks on a day when India’s Defence Acquisition Council approved procurement of 12 Su-30MKIs and 21 MiG-29s.

The talks between Modi and Putin comes in the midst of India-China border tensions.

The tensions between New Delhi and Beijing have been simmering ever since 20 Indian Army soldiers were killed in a violent clash with China’s People’s Liberation Army in Galwan Valley on June 15.

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