Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Russian president Vladimir Putin on his big win in the elections. Modi had a brief telephone call with Putin and said that he hoped to continue the 'Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership' between India and Russia. Modi also welcomed Putin to attend the Annual Summit, which will be held in India sometime this year. President Putin said that he looked forward to strengthening Indo-Russia ties and hoped that both countries work together in many areas. Putin will serve another six years as the Russian president.

According to news reports, Ambassador Nikolay Kudashev said that the Russian president will visit India in October. Both countries will clinch deals in various sectors, including space, trade, energy, and high-speed trains. Energy cooperation in the Arctic would be high on the agenda of the Putin-Modi talks in October. Chinese President Xi Jin Ping also congratulated Putin on winning the election. Xi said he is confident in Russia’s ability to achieve new progress in national development under his leadership.

Putin secured 132% of the popular vote in the Russian Presidential election.

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