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PM Modi meets Russian President Putin, holds talks

Press Trust of India  |  Benaulim (Goa) 

Prime Minister Modi today Russian President for talks in which is expected to raise concerns over growing Russia-military ties besides looking at ways of ramping up their "privileged partnership" in areas of defence and nuclear energy.

Putin, who arrived in 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 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-ties have more than just the bilateral dimension. There are regional and global issues, various troubled hotspots where has stakes and where has stakes.

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First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 12:07 IST