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Navy looking at logistics support pact with Russia

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The is looking at firming up a support agreement with the Russian Navy, which will enable the use of each other's assets and bases and making joint operations more efficient.

chief Sunil Lanba, addressing a press conference here, said a draft support agreement was being prepared and it would be shared with soon.

"We will take it forward from there," he said.

At present, has support pacts with the US and

Officials said the pact will provide for a deeper naval cooperation, an increased engagement in the maritime security sphere, joint exercises and temporary deployments from each other's naval facilities.

had inked the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) with the US in 2016, while the pact with was signed last year.

Asked whether the killing of an American man in the was reflective of lapses in coastal security, Lanba said there was no security failure and the deceased had the required permission to be there.

India's only tri-services command is based in the

US citizen was allegedly killed by the Sentinelese tribe with arrows last month, according to the local police.

"I do not see it as a failure of the coastal security construct. He (Chau) came as a tourist and had the requisite permissions to be there," Lanba said.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 21:35 IST