24 December 2015

Russia's Putin hosts Indian PM for talks on defense, energy

In this Dec. 23, 2015 photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for a photo while exchanging official gifts during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talks that focused on defense, nuclear and energy ties.
Speaking at the start of their meeting in the Kremlin, Modi lauded Russia for being "a reliable friend" who has "always stood by us."
Russia and India have shared close ties since Cold War times, when Moscow was a key ally and the main arms supplier to New Delhi.

Indian premier Narendra Modi visits Russia for annual summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, walks past an honour guard upon arrival at Moscow's Government Vnukovo II Airport outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. Modi is on official visit and plans to meet Russian President Vladimir Putini on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is hosting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talks expected to focus on defense, nuclear and space cooperation.
Modi began his visit Wednesday with a private dinner with Putin. More talks involving top officials from both countries are to be held in the Kremlin on Thursday.