RIA Novosti said in a report on July 9,2015 that Russian President Putin and Indian PM Modi held a heated discussion on health during the BRICS and SCO Bi-summit in Ufa, Russia.
Russia took part in the first International Yoga Festival on June 21th, to which Modi expressed his thanks to Putin. Putin explained why he hadn’t started practicing Yoga. He said: “ It is not because Yoga is not attractive to me. I wanted to see what I could do. But when I saw the professional Yoga exercisers doing Yoga, I thought it was almost impossible for me to do that. So I didn’t start practicing it.” However, Putin promised that he would measure his standards of doing sports as a preparation for practicing Yoga.”