At his meeting with Modi in New Delhi on Monday, Putin said: “The fight against terrorism is also a fight against drug trafficking and organised crime.”
In his introductory remarks aired by Indian media, the visiting president said: “In this regard, we are concerned about developing situation in Afghanistan.”
Also on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a deal to supply India with S-400 air defence missile systems was being implemented despite US efforts to undermine the accord.
At the 21st India- Russia Annual Summit, Putin remarked: “We cannot but worry about the situation and how it is developing in Afghanistan.”
He hailed India as a great power, a friendly nation and a time-tested friend. “Relations between our nations are growing and I am looking into the future.”