Vladimir Putin, Narendra Modi to chalk out roadmap for cooperation

Further cooperation in the nuclear energy area is also likely to figure prominently during the talks.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 6, 2014 3:29 pm
The visit is expected to impart new dynamism to “special and privileged” Indo-Russia ties. The visit is expected to impart new dynamism to “special and privileged” Indo-Russia ties.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will spell out their vision for cooperation in key areas, including defence and nuclear energy, on December 11 as two sides are looking at inking 15-20 pacts during the nearly 20-hour-long visit of Putin.

The visit is expected to impart new dynamism to “special and privileged” Indo-Russia ties and the two sides will be taking stock of the current state of relations apart from discussing ways to significantly enhance bilateral trade from the current $10 billion during the 15th summit meeting.

Putin will hold detailed talks with Modi both in restricted and delegation-level formats. He will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee who will hold a banquet for him. Sources said specific discussions are likely to take place on various key projects, including the envisaged

gas pipeline linking Russia with India and the ambitious Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) programme.

Further cooperation in the nuclear energy area is also likely to figure prominently during the talks.

“President Putin’s visit is a landmark event and is expected to provide fresh impetus to the existing bilateral relations between the two countries. The dominant theme of this summit will be the spelling out by the two leaders a joint vision of our relationship for the next decade,” Ajay Bisaria, Joint Secretary (EURASIA) in the MEA, said.

He said the vision document will provide a roadmap to enhance partnership between two countries to a “qualitatively new level” in key areas of nuclear energy, hydrocarbons, trade and defence.

Putin, who will be accompanied by a high-level delegation of officials and corporate leaders from Russia, and Modi are expected to jointly interact with CEOs of major companies from both the countries as well.

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