Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Russia on July 8 and 9, according to a statement from the Kremlin on Thursday. This marks his first visit to the country since Moscow initiated its military action in Ukraine. Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin are expected to discuss "prospects for further development of traditionally friendly Russian-Indian relations, as well as relevant issues on the international and regional agenda," as per the statement.

The Kremlin highlighted on Tuesday that enhancing trade and economic cooperation will be a focal point during the visit. "I can only confirm that the visit is in the final stage of preparation," stated Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in a press briefing on Tuesday. "A very important visit." Peskov noted that regional and global security issues are consistently prominent in such discussions.

Furthermore, Peskov mentioned that trade and economic cooperation is one of the primary topics under discussion, encompassing a wide range of cooperative areas that both parties are keen to develop, supported by mutual political will.