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Imeediately after Wen Jiabao left after signing trade deals but without making any other concessions, Russian president Dmitri Medvedev is on his way to India. HT reports on Russian expectations:

More than 15 pacts in key areas of civil nuclear cooperation and defence, including one on fifth generation fighter aircraft, will be inked during the visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is arriving in New Delhi on Monday night. While the two sides are expected to sign a general framework agreement on construction of two more nuclear power units, Moscow was still awaiting a “precise explanation” on how the civil nuclear liability law will affect bilateral cooperation, Russian Ambassador to India Alexander M Kadakin said on Friday.

However, he clarified that he does not see it as an “impediment or hurdle” to the cooperation between the two countries in the field. He also said that it was up to the government to explain how the domestic law will be applied on the implementation of the contracts.

Briefing reporters on the Presidential visit, he said that Medvedev, who will be here for the annual India-Russia Summit, will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a range of bilateral and regional matters, including situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, apart from global issues.

Identifying cooperation in civil nuclear field as one of the most important components of Indo-Russia ties, he said his country was ready to build over a dozen nuclear power plants in India in next 15-20 years for which sites have to be identified by the government.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

December 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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