Ufa: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Russia on a three-day visit to attend the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summits, on the sidelines of which he is likely to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
At the SCO Summit, India is expected to be accorded full membership of the six-nation grouping of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
India has till now only an Observer status in the grouping whose focus is on boosting connectivity, counter- terrorism cooperation, bolstering cooperation in energy sector, enhancing trade and dealing with drug trafficking.
The summit of five-nation BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will see discussions on enhancing cooperation in the economic area. With the BRICS Development Bank already set up, the summit could also look at the possibility of starting credit facility in local currency. The first head of the bank is noted Indian banker K V Kamath.
Besides PM Modi and Mr Xi, the BRICS Summit is being attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and South African President Jacob Zuma.
“I expect positive outcomes in economic cooperation and cultural ties among the BRICS nations,” PM Modi had said in a statement prior to his departure from Delhi yesterday.
“The (BRICS) Summit last year was productive and I am sure we will build on the ground covered during the last Summit,” he had said. India has also expressed concerns over China’s recent move to block action against Pakistan in the UN over release of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi.
PM Modi, who is also visiting five Central Asian countries, will travel here from Kazakhstan.