Putin In India: PM Modi Upbeat About Ties, Tweets In Russian To Welcome President

11/12/2014 7:25 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during their meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS group leaders sumit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on July 16, 2014. Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging powers ( Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) met today to launch a new development bank and a reserve fund seen as counterweights to Western-led financial institutions. AFP PHOTO / RIA-NOVOSTI / POOL / MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

As Russian President Vladimir Putin flew in here on Wednesday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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.

"Times have changed, our friendship has not. Now we want to take this relation to the next level and this visit is a step in that direction," he said in a post on Twitter.

"The bond between people of Russia and India is very strong. Our nations have stood by each other through thick and thin," Modi added.

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