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MOSCOW, December 23 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed the hope that his country will build several nuclear power plants in India in the near future.
“We expect that the implementation of our arrangements on the construction of new nuclear power plants in India will begin in the nearest future,” he wrote in his article published by India’s daily The Hindu on the eve of his official visit to New Delhi.
Putin described “the construction of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant with the use of the most reliable and up-to-date technologies and standards as a major breakthrough project.”
“The beginning of operation of the first power unit of that plant will allow to significantly reduce the energy deficiency in southern states of India, and eventually eliminate it completely, after the launch of the second and other power units,” Putin wrote.
The Russian leader also expects “significant returns from long-term projects in steel industry, hydrocarbon production, car and aircraft manufacturing, chemical and pharmaceuticals industries, in the field of information and biotechnologies.”
“The joint operation of Russian global navigation satellite system GLONASS opens up broad prospects. We intend to promote practical interaction in that important area,” Putin assured.
“The strategic nature of partnership between India and Russia is witnessed by the unprecedented level of our military and technical cooperation. The licensed production and joint development of advanced armaments rather than just purchasing military products becomes a key area of activities,” he noted.
Putin emphasized that “serious attention is paid to developing a fifth generation multifunctional fighter plane and a multipurpose transport aircraft.”
He reiterated that the product of the two countries’ designers, the BrahMos cruise missile, successfully passed all tests. “Today experts are thinking on its aircraft version.”
Putin expressed confidence that “such a multivector cooperation will allow our countries not only to reach leading positions as a range of hi-technology projects are concerned, but will help to successfully advance joint products to markets of third countries.”