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Prime Minister Modi will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Russia.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarks on a diplomatic tour, starting with Moscow on July 8 and 9 for the 22nd India-Russia Annual Summit, followed by a significant visit to Austria on July 9 and 10.

This marks PM Modi’s initial journey to Russia since the commencement of the Ukraine conflict in February 2022, and the first Indian Prime Ministerial visit to Austria in over four decades.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the leaders will assess bilateral ties and discuss contemporary regional and global issues, including the Ukraine War. The agenda spans defense cooperation, investment, energy, and education.

On July 8, PM Modi arrives in Moscow in the late afternoon for a private dinner hosted by President Vladimir Putin. The following day, PM Modi will address the Indian community in Russia and pay respects at the Kremlin’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He will also visit Moscow’s Rosatom exhibition pavilion. Subsequently, both leaders will engage in talks at restricted and delegation levels.

Among the key topics expected during PM Modi’s discussions with President Putin is the prompt return of Indian citizens who were misled into joining the Russian Army.

Following his time in Russia, PM Modi will journey to Vienna on July 9. During this leg, he will meet Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and hold discussions with Chancellor Karl Nehammer. Business leaders from both nations will join discussions focusing on enhancing trade and investment ties.

PM Modi will also connect with the Indian community in Vienna. Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra emphasized Austria’s significance as a central European nation, offering substantial opportunities in infrastructure, renewable energy, technology, startups, media, and entertainment.

This marks the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Austria in 41 years, since Indira Gandhi’s 1983 visit. The trip aims to broaden the India-Austria partnership, addressing a spectrum of bilateral engagements and global issues.

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