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"We have a very old relation with Russia. Earlier also we have bought aircrafts from them and it this should continue whenever our forces require them.'' Dikshit told ANI.
"When the whole world refused to sell their weapons to India, it was Russia who came forward.
And whenever the Indian armed forces needed arms and equipment, it was Russia who fulfilled our demands. Hence, we should continue engage with them," he added.
During the BRICS Summit, India and Russia had announced plans to set up a joint venture to build helicopters in India. India will buy surface-to-air missile systems from Russia as the two sides strengthen their military relationship.
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