India is a key client for Russia’s arms industry and Moscow will be looking to make progress on new deals during the talks [Reuters]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would boost ties with Moscow as he met President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin’s showcase economic forum in the Russian Far East on Wednesday.

Russia has hosted the three-day forum in its Pacific coast city of Vladivostok since 2015 to boost partnerships with Asian countries amid tensions with the West.

“This is a historic opportunity to give a new impetus to cooperation between our countries,” Modi said at the start of talks, after the men toured a naval shipyard.

“Today we are going to sign a declaration… expressing our desire to further increase cooperation,” Putin

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