WORLD India PM discusses COVID-19 situation with Russian president

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India PM discusses COVID-19 situation with Russian president

Xinhua

22:21, April 28, 2021

NEW DELHI, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday and discussed the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India.

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Confirming his talks with Putin through a tweet, Modi said he thanked President Putin for Russia's help and support in India's fight against the pandemic.

The two leaders also resolved to establish a 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between the foreign and defence ministers of the two countries.

"Had an excellent conversation with my friend President Putin today. We discussed the evolving COVID-19 situation, and I thanked President Putin for Russia's help and support in India's fight against the pandemic," tweeted Modi.

In his second successive tweet, Modi said "We also reviewed our diverse bilateral cooperation, especially in the area of space exploration and renewable energy sector, including in hydrogen economy. Our cooperation on Sputnik V vaccine will assist humanity in battling the pandemic."

India is slated to receive the first consignment of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine this week.

India has been facing a deteriorating COVID-19 situation. As of Wednesday, the country has recorded 17,997,267 infections and 201,187 deaths.

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