Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Congress party President Sonia Gandhi during a meeting in New Delhi. Putin arrived in India on 25, 2007 hoping to use the two nations' decades-long friendship to push for deals in civilian nuclear cooperation, military hardware and trade expansion between the booming economies. Russian President shakes hands with Indian Defence Minister A. K. Antony, as Sonia Gandhi, Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Murali Deora look on during a meeting in New Delhi on 25 January 2007.
Sonia Gandhi during her visit to Russia in June 2005.
On 4 October 2000, Sonia Gandhi
called on the visiting Russian President, Putin, and discussed issues of mutual interest. The then Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and the chairman of the AICC's foreign affairs department, Natwar Singh, were also present during the 30- minute meeting between and Putin, which was described by sources as ``courtesy call''.