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Russia pillar of strength for India

Russia pillar of strength for India
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In a boost to their \"special strategic partnership\", Russia will build at least 12 nuclear reactors besides manufacturing advanced dual-used helicopters as the two countries signed 20 agreements in oil, gas, defence, investment and other key sectors on Thursday.

New Delhi: In a boost to their "special strategic partnership", Russia will build at least 12 nuclear reactors besides manufacturing advanced dual-used helicopters as the two countries signed 20 agreements in oil, gas, defence, investment and other key sectors on Thursday.

  • Both countries to scale up relations to new level
  • Sign 20 deals on oil, gas, defence, investment etc
  • Russia agrees to build 12 nuclear reactors in India

PM Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in their annual summit, also vowed to take the close ties to a "new level." Calling Russia a "pillar of strength" for India, Modi, in a joint media interaction with Putin, said the strategic partner will remain New Delhi's "most important defence partner" though options have increased.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the World Diamond Conference in New Delhi on Thursday

"Both Sides will strive to complete the construction and commissioning of not less than 12 nuclear units in the next two decades, in accordance with the Agreement of 2008," said the joint vision document. Terming the talks as "substantive", Putin said Russia will support "joint high technology" projects and will facilitate the establishment of an Indian operator of mobile communications besides offering India its civil aviation aircraft.

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