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India-Russia to sign 'about dozen' pacts during Putin visit

Posted on Dec 22, 11:37AM | UNI

India and Russia will sign "about a dozen agreements" during the upcoming visit of President Vladimir Putin here beginning from December 24, providing a powerful impetus to further development of the Strategic Partnership between the two countries.

Russian Ambassador to India, Alaxender Kadakin, said at a news conference here today that President Putin will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on various matters of bilateral, regional and international interest, including the "burning issue" of Syria.

"About a dozen agreements are likely to be signed...," he said. He did not elaborate.

The visit, at the invitation of Dr Singh, is his first after being elected to serve a third term as the President of Russia.

Asserting that India and Russia would continue to be close friends, the Ambassador said although Russia's relations with Pakistan and China were also good, but New Delhi and Moscow were strategic partners and close friends.