Russia, India to Seal Arms and Nuclear Deals

World | December 5, 2008, Friday // 00:00
Russia, India to Seal Arms and Nuclear Deals: Russia, India to Seal Arms and Nuclear Deals Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C) is welcomed in New Delhi by Indian President Pratibha Patil (R) and Indian Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh (L). Photo by BGNES

Russian delegation led by President Dmitry Medvedev have arrived in India on an official visit to discuss bilateral ties amid the global financial crisis and sign a number of deals on arms, nuclear power, and space exploration.

The state-run arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, told RIA Novosti on Friday it would sign a contract on the delivery of 80 Mi-17 Hip military transport helicopters to the Indian air force.

Russian nuclear power chief Sergei Kiriyenko said Russia and India would sign an agreement to build another four reactors at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant and a protocol on the delivery of nuclear fuel worth USD 700 million to Indian nuclear power stations.

At the same time Russia's space agency said Moscow and New Delhi would sign a new document on cooperation in space exploration, which includes plans to send two Indian astronauts to space on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in 2013.

Mr Medvedev said Thursday Moscow wants to transform its ties with New Delhi from "buyer-seller" to "deeper relations."

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