India and Russia likely to sign 18 agreements during Putin’s near future Goa visit
NEW DELHI: India and Russia are likely to sign as many as 18 agreements when PM Narendra Modi hosts President Vladimir Putin in Goa on Saturday for the 17th India-Russia annual summit meet
Defence and nuclear cooperation will again be among the highlights of their engagement with Putin+ likely to inaugurate the third and fourth units of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.
Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov was quoted as saying in Moscow by news agencies that cooperation in nuclear energy will be one of the central themes of the engagement.
Putin himself said in an interview to an Indian news agency that Russia remained in the lead in terms of both direct supplies of most advanced weapons and military equipment+ and conducting joint exercises with India “as well as producing goods for military purposes”.
“Our countries actively collaborate in the military technical field,” Putin said, as he described India as Russia’s especially privileged strategic partner.
The India-Russia+ annual summit will take place on the sidelines of the Brics summit. India has raised with Russia the issue of the latter’s participation in a joint military exercise with Pakistan+ days after the Uri attack in which Pakistani terrorists killed 19 Indian soldiers. India is likely to insist on strong condemnation of international terrorism, if not cross-border terrorism specifically, at the Brics summit.
Putin said Brics is “determined” to fight the menace. “For our five countries’ leaders this meeting (in Goa) will be a good opportunity to harmonise our positions on key issues on the international agenda. We are determined to cooperate in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and corruption,” Putin said
TIMES of INDIA