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India, Russia ink 16 pacts including defence, nuclear energy; Russian choppers to be made in India


In a major push to their strategic ties, India and Russia have decided to expand cooperation in various sectors as they signed 16 pacts. The agreements include joint manufacture of Kamov 226 helicopters and construction of 12 atomic plants with involvement of local companies in India. The agreements were signed after the delegation level talks between the two countries in Moscow last night. After extensive talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the need for the world to unite against terrorism without distinction and discrimination between terrorist groups.

Mr Putin also conveyed Russia's strong support to India's bid for permanent membership of the UN Security Council, saying it is a deserving and strong candidate that can bring an independent and responsible approach within the world body.

In the atomic field, the two sides signed a significant agreement for Localization of Manufacturing in India for Russian-Designed Nuclear Reactor Units to enable participation of Indian firms under the 'Make-in-India' programme. The cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy is a cornerstone of the Russia-India strategic partnership.Though Prime Minister Modi and President Putin discussed a number of issues but cooperation in the field of defence, security , energy and ways to enhance trade and investment topped the agenda. Travel will be easier between the two countries. While addressing the friends of India, Mr Modi said Russia has always stood by India as a friend.

He also stressed on the need to boost number of Russian tourists to India. Saying the ties between the two countries goes beyond trade and commerce, Prime minister said though his visit to Russia was short but very successful. As Russian love India, they need to see India, was Prime Minister’s parting shot before he left Russia.