Russia: Putin talks yoga with Indian PM Modi on sidelines of BRICS summit

Yoga was a focal point in talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ufa, Wednesday, as the two leaders met on the sidelines of the seventh BRICS summit. Modi praised Russia for its support of his UN initiative to declare June 21, the year's longest day, 'International Day of Yoga'. He went on to praise Russia for the large-scale "enthusiasm" it had shown in celebrating the event. Putin for his part admitted that he hasn't tried yoga yet, but would consider doing so "based on my sporting capabilities." The Russian leader added that "if you look at real Yogis, you have the feeling that it is impossible to reach this kind of perfection and that is namely what stops you from doing it." The BRICS summit comes ahead of the 15th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on July 9 and 10, which will also be held in Ufa. In total, 10,000 visitors are expected at the two events.

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