India’s Modi talks tigers, arms deals and ‘close’ friendships with Russia’s Putin at Far East forum

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised his “close friend” President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as the pair said they would work to boost military, trade and energy ties.The leaders met on the first day of Russia’s economic forum in the Pacific coast city of Vladivostok, an annual event since 2015 as Moscow looks to bolster relations with Asia amid tensions with the West.“I’m very grateful to my close friend Vladimir Putin for this opportunity,” Modi said at a press conference following…

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