Vladimir Putin Invites PM Modi as 'Main Guest' at Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in September 2019
File image of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo Credit: PTI)

New Delhi, January 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited as the "main guest" at the annual Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, scheduled in September 2019. The invitation was personally issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who dialled the Indian PM on Monday, said the statement issued by the Kremlin.

During the telephonic conversation, Putin highlighted the deep advancements made by India and Russia to strengthen their strategic partnership and bilateral engagement, despite adverse international pressure. The two leaders committed to maintain their resolve in increasing trade, combating terrorism and joining hands "for other relevant world problems", the statement added. India to Get Russia-Made S-400 'Triumf' Missiles From October 2020 to April 2023.

Putin also wished Modi "good luck" for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, expected in April-May this year.

The Eastern Economic Forum is held in Russia each year, where representatives of Asia-Pacific nations are invited. In 2017, Modi had attended the summit in St Petersburg and stressed on enhanced economic partnership among nations of the East.

India has maintained deep bilateral ties with Russia since the Soviet-era, being one of the prime importers of arms from Moscow. The relationship was boosted last year, when India insisted on carrying through the deal for S-400 air defence missile systems despite facing the threat of sanctions from the United States.