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At the summit talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin on Monday, India and Russia are expected to sign a slew of agreements to strengthen cooperation in key areas such as defense, trade and investment, energy, and technology.
At the summit talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin on Monday, India and Russia are expected to sign a slew of agreements to deepen cooperation in key areas such as defense, trade and investment, energy, and technology.
The two sides are also expected to focus on the situation in Afghanistan and the rising threat of terrorism, including from groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, during the summit and the inaugural ‘2+2’ defense and foreign ministerial talks.
According to sources, the joint statement to be issued following the summit will likely reflect India’s concerns about cross-border terrorism and the security implications of the Afghan crisis.
While Putin is scheduled to arrive in Delhi on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu will arrive on Sunday night.
According to the MEA, PM Modi and President Putin will begin their summit talks at 5:30 p.m., and the Russian leader will depart from Delhi at 9:30 p.m.
The two sides are also expected to complete the final phase of negotiations for a logistics support agreement, which is expected to be signed during the two-plus-two talks or at the summit.
In recognition of their long-standing defense ties, India and Russia are set to renew a framework for military-technical cooperation for the next decade at the summit, as well as announce a joint commission on technology and science.
In addition to deliberating on the long-pending project for joint production of 200 twin-engine Kamov-226T light helicopters for Indian armed forces, the two sides may finalize a number of defense procurement proposals.
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