The Prime Minister said the time-tested special and privileged strategic partnership between India and Russia acquired a new momentum with Putin's visit to New Delhi.

The "time-tested special and privileged" strategic partnership between India and Russia acquired a new momentum with the visit of President Vladimir Putin last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said

Calling Russia a "pillar of strength" for India, Modi, in a joint media interaction with Putin, had said the strategic partner will remain New Delhi's "most important defence partner" though options have increased.

Modi conveyed that he looked forward to visit Russia later this year for the 7th BRICS summit and for the bilateral annual summit.

Sergei Shoigu is visiting India for the 14th meeting of the Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Technical Cooperation which is co-chaired by the Defence Minister of India.

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