Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks in which India is expected to raise concerns over growing Russia-Pakistan military ties besides looking at ways of ramping up their "privileged partnership" in areas of defence and nuclear energy. Putin, who arrived in Goa 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 India 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-Russia ties have more than just the bilateral dimension. There are regional and global issues, various troubled hotspots where Russia has stakes and where India has stakes.
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