Modi to Meet Putin in Moscow as India Charts Its Own Course | News World

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will meet with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday, a visit that signals the Indian leader’s determination to stick to his own diplomatic path even as the West continues to isolate Moscow over its war on Ukraine.

For Mr. Putin, Mr. Modi’s visit will be a way for Russia to show that the Kremlin continues to have a strong partnership with India despite India’s deepening relationship with the United States. India’s purchases of discounted Russian petroleum have helped fill Russia’s coffers depleted by international sanctions over the war, and Russia has sought to cast India as a partner in reshaping the Western-dominated global order.

This is the first visit to Russia by Mr. Modi in five years. He landed in Moscow on Monday and will attend a dinner hosted by Mr. Putin; official talks are scheduled for Tuesday.

Mr. Modi arrived on a day when Russia unleashed a brutal aerial bombardment against Ukraine, including a strike on that…


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