Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Bishkek. PM Modi is in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek to attend the meeting of Council of Heads of State (CHS) of SCO from June 13 to 14. India would also hold a meeting with host nation Kyrgyzstan on June 14.

PM Modi reportedly expressed gratefulness to the Russian President for help for the rifle manufacturing unit in Amethi. 'President Putin has invited the PM to be the main guest at Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia in early September, and PM Modi has accepted the invitation,' said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. 'There was no discussion on any international or regional issue as the focus was entirely on how to make Prime Minister's visit for the next annual summit successful,' he added.