PM Modi hugs Vladimir Putin, hosts dinner

PM Modi hugs Vladimir Putin, hosts dinner

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin at his residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi soon after he flew in from Moscow for a two-day visit.

Modi hugged Putin as he alighted from his car after arriving at Prime Minister's official residence.

“Welcome to india, President Putin! I wish you a fruitful stay in India. I look forward to our negotiations, which will undoubtedly strengthen the friendship between India and Russia. @KremlinRussia,” tweeted Modi.

He also posted the same in Russian in Twitter.

Modi had an informal meeting with Putin at his residence. He also hosted a dinner for the Russian president. 

The two leaders will hold the 19th annual India-Russia summit at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday.

The Russian president was earlier received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the airport.