Military cooperation on Putin’s agenda in India


Moscow, Military-technical cooperation is on the agenda of President Vladimir Putin’s October 4-5 visit to India and the two countries would sign a number of agreements, the Kremlin said on Monday. "Putin is going to India on an official visit. A package of agreements is to be signed. It is true that the theme of military-technical cooperation will be on the agenda," Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Asked if there had been any progress on the sale of S-400 air defence systems to India, Peskov said, "I’m unable to share any major details with you now." In April, Russia had said it expected to sign a deal with India this year on the sale of the S-400 surface-to-air missiles. The Kremlin press service earlier in a statement said that the agenda of talks between Putin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi includes key aspects of the special privileged partnership between Russia and India. "A number of bilateral documents will be signed following the talks," the statement said, adding that the two sides would "exchange views on pressing regional and global issues." Putin and Modi will also participate in a business forum.