Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India attaches highest importance to the strategic and privileged partnership with Russia and that he looked forward to his visit there in the near future for the annual summit with President Vladimir Putin.
He conveyed the views when he received Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin in New Delhi on Tuesday.
"Prime Minister conveyed that India attached the highest importance to the strategic and privileged partnership with Russia," a PMO statement said.
He said he looked forward to visit Russia in the near future for a productive and historic annual summit with President Putin and expressed confidence that it would raise bilateral relations between the two countries to a new level, the statement said.
Earlier, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval met Rogozin and discussed ways to further strengthen the special and privileged relationship between the two countries.
"Strengthening a special and privileged strategic partnership. Deputy PM of Russia, D Rogozin meets with NSA Ajit Doval," tweeted External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup.