Russian president Vladimir Putin's two-day visit to Indian was a much awaited one. India and Russia were to hold high-level talks, with much impetus on signing a number of deals, including the historic S-400 defence deal.
Putin landed in the country on Thursday, wherein he was greeted by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. On Friday, the two countries signed the S-400 defence deal, which is worth $5 billion.
During Putin's and his delegates' meet with the Indian counterparts, they were treated with a delicious lunch at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
Welcome Drink and snacks:
The Russian delegates were welcomed with a 'Tarbooz ka Thanda Shobra', which was followed by two snacks - the famous Raj Kachori and Purbahari Seekh.
After the welcome drink and snacks followed the delicious main course, which had the Hyderabadi flavor to it. Right from Amratsari Paneer Matar to Nizami Gucchi to Subz aur Asparagus Miloni to Dal Dera Ismail Khan, the 'sabzi' side was covered. Not ending with that, there was also the Grilled Aubergine with Sesame and Paper as well as Motiyon ka Pulao.
For the finale, the delegates of Russia were treated with three kind of desserts. In Pista Kulfi Falooda, they had the Indian flavor. Then there was Chocolate Brownie Mousse, a very famous international dish. And the final dish to wrap up was Cut fresh fruits.
On Friday, prior to the joint statement of the two countries, India and Russia had signed S400 Triumf Air Defence System deal worth USD 5.430 Billion. India and Russia have finalised an alternate payment method to pay for the deals signed. Deal finalised in August. Rupee payments into Sberbank.
Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a one-on-one dinner for Russian president Vladimir Putin at his official residence on Thursday where the two leaders held a discussion on a host of issues, including bilateral cooperation and strategic issues.
Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter and extended a warm welcome to President of Russia.
"Welcome to India, President Putin. Looking forward to our deliberations, which will further enhance India-Russia friendship," the PM tweeted in Russian and English.