JP Nadda likely to attend Inter-Party Conference organised by Russia virtually ahead of Dec 6 summit

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BJP President JP Nadda is likely to virtually attend an Inter-Party Conference being organised by the ruling United Russia Party to further boost strategic partnership ahead of the December 6 India-Russia summit here led by PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The one-day event is scheduled for December 1, ET has learnt. While BJP is trying to ensure that Nadda attends the conference for a few minutes (where he is also expected to deliver an address), a confirmation on virtual participation will depend on the Parliament session, ET has further learnt.

In case Nadda is unable to attend, another BJP office bearer will attend the meet. Ruling party representatives from around 16 countries are expected to attend this event. The event was originally scheduled in mid-2021 in Moscow.

The last India-Russia Annual Summit was held in September 2019 during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Vladivostok (Russia). The Annual Summit could not take place in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

This will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders after their meeting on the side-lines of the BRICS Summit in Brasilia in November, 2019. There have been 6 telephonic conversations between the two leaders since November, 2019 till date apart from virtual meetings for multilateral Summits.

The leaders will review the state and prospects of bilateral relations and discuss ways to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries, according to an official statement. Several agreements across defence, energy & economy are expected to be inked at the summit. Afghan situation will also figure high on the agenda so will be other geo-political issues.

Ahead of the Summit the first meeting of the 2+2 Dialogue between India and Russia at the level of Foreign and Defence Ministers will also be held on December 6. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will represent the Indian side in the Dialogue. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu will be visiting New Delhi on December 5-6 for the dialogue.

The 2+2 Dialogue is being held pursuant to the agreement reached between Modi and Putin during their telephonic conversation on April 28. The establishment of a new mechanism of 2+2 dialogue is expected to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries, according to an official statement.

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