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Putin to visit India, attend BRICS summit on October 15-16

October 11, 14:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The agenda of the BRICS summit will include issues of strengthening strategic partnership within BRICS
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MOSCOW, October 11. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will pay a visit to India on October 15-16 to hold talks with that country’s leaders and attend a summit of BRICS (an association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the Kremlin press service said on Tuesday.

"During his stay in India, Putin will hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After the Russian-Indian program is over, the Russian president will take part in the 8th BRICS summit," the Kremlin said.

Putin and Modi "are expected to discuss a wide range of issues of bilateral ties, first of all in the trade and economic sphere," the Kremlin said, adding that they will also take part in the launch ceremony of second power unit of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant and the stone-laying ceremony at its third and fourth units in the videoconference regime. Apart from that, it is planned to sign a number of bilateral documents.

The agenda of the BRICS summit will include issues of "strengthening strategic partnership within BRICS as a key international association, development of comprehensive cooperation in this format." Apart from that, it is planned to discuss "efforts against international terrorism and settlement of the situation in Syria, measures to ensure stability of the global economy and finance and to improve the architecture of global governance."

The summit is to yield a Goa declaration and a plan of action that will "outline priorities for cooperation in the short-term perspective," and other important documents in the areas of economic, financial and humanitarian cooperation.

The summit’s program features a joint session with member states of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in the outreach format and a meeting with the leaders of the BRICS Business Council.

Putin’s BRICS program includes bilateral contacts with the BRICS heads of state and government, the Kremlin said.

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