Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed developing bilateral cooperation in the space sector, the expansion of BRICS membership, and the upcoming G20 Summit that will take place in the capital New Delhi in September, an official statement from India Ministry of External Affairs said on Monday.
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During the phone call, the two leaders discussed the results of the 15th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg.
“The two leaders reviewed progress on a number of issues of bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concern, including the recently concluded BRICS Summit in Johannesburg," the statement said.
Putin also told Modi that he would be unable to attend the G20 Summit in New Delhi on 9-10 September and that Russia would be represented by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
“While expressing an understanding for Russia’s decision, PM (Modi) thanked President Putin for Russia’s consistent support to all initiatives under India’s G20 Presidency,” it said.
Putin once again congratulated the prime minister on the successful landing of the Indian space mission Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon near its south pole.
“Readiness was reaffirmed to further develop bilateral cooperation in the space sector,” the TASS news agency reported.