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Putin to hold talks with Indian premier in Goa

October 15, 0:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW
After talks the leaders will, in the mode of a video conference, take part in the ceremony to lay the foundation stones of the third and fourth units of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant
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MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will on Saturday hold talks in the Indian state of Goa with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, presidential aide Yury Ushakov said.

Ushakov told journalists that the meeting of the two leaders will be held shortly before the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit, due to be held in Goa October 15-16.

The leaders are expected to have a conversation in the narrow format, and then the talks will continue as part of delegations.

Russia will also be represented at them by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, the industry and trade, energy, economic development ministers, the head of the Rosatom state nuclear corporation and other officials.

After talks the leaders will, in the mode of a video conference, take part in the ceremony to lay the foundation stones of the third and fourth units of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. Putin and Modi will also make statements for the press and hold a tete-a-tete lunch.

As regards topics for the leaders’ discussion, Ushakov named among them, along with the bilateral agenda, the situation in Syria, Afghanistan and other countries, as well as the fight against terrorism. Besides, cooperation in the nuclear power sphere and military-technical cooperation will also be touched upon.

A considerable package of documents has been drafted for signing following the talks. In particular, the Russian Federation and India will sign an agreement on supplies of Russia’s S-400 Triumf long-range air defense missile system (NATO reporting name SA-21 Growler).

Besides, Putin and Modi will adopt a joint statement following the talks, which will reflect common approaches to resolution of various issues of the global and regional agenda.

In his recent interview, Putin said he hopes for a new impetus to bilateral cooperation after his visit.

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