India, Russia expected to sign over dozen agreements in defence, energy fields

The two leaders will also exchange views on important regional and international issues.

By: PTI | Benaulim | Published:October 15, 2016 1:40 pm
putin-759 Russian President Vladimir Putin with PM Narendra Modi at BRICS summit. (PTI photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday met Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks in which India is expected to raise concerns over growing Russia-Pakistan military ties besides looking at ways of ramping up their “privileged partnership” in areas of defence and nuclear energy.

Putin, who arrived in Goa after a delay of nine hours due to fog, held restricted talks with Modi after which the two leaders will be joined by their respective delegations.

“We expect a very fruitful discussion on various issues. Defence and security issues to dominate,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

The two sides are expected to sign over a dozen agreements especially in the field of defence and energy in the afternoon following the talks.

While India and Russian are expected to sign a “complex agreement” for setting up a joint facility for production of 200 Kamoc helicopters besides a deal for four naval frigates, a “forward movement” is expected in the talks for the purchase of five system of S400 Triumf air defence systems that will cost over USD 5 billion.

The two leaders will also exchange views on important regional and international issues. Indian envoy to Russian Pankaj Saran said, “Indo-Russia ties have more than just the bilateral dimension. There are regional and global issues, various troubled hotspots where Russia has stakes and where India has stakes.”

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