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Putin arrived on an official visit to India. The meeting of the leaders of the two countries prepared 20 documents

Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived on an official visit to India, where today he will hold meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, and will also talk with representatives of the country's business circles, RIA Novosti reported.

According to Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov, the program of Putin's visit to New Delhi will open negotiations with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a narrow and enlarged format, after which a ceremony of signing joint documents will be held, and the leaders will make statements to the press. The speech of the leaders at the opening of the World Diamond Conference is also planned.

In addition, it is planned that the President of the Russian Federation will hold meetings with the chairman of the Indian National Congress Party Sonia Gandhi and President of India Pranab Kumar Mukherjee.

This is Putin's first visit to India since taking office as Prime Minister Modi in May this year, however, the leaders have already met twice in international forums in the BRICS format in July and in November.

This time, the talks will focus on "promising issues of further advancement of a particularly privileged strategic partnership." "This is how these relations are characterized," Ushakov said. According to him, it is planned to adopt a joint statement following the results, which will reflect the mutual desire of the two states to build up mutually beneficial cooperation and coordinate efforts in the international arena on topical issues of the global and regional agenda.

More than 20 documents have been prepared for the visit, the most significant of which will be signed in the presence of leaders, in particular, the Agreement between the Russian and Indian Defense Ministries on cooperation in the field of flight safety, the Strategic Vision for Strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy between the Russian Federation and India, cooperation in the oil and gas sector.

"Much attention will be paid to the discussion of issues of trade and economic cooperation, since both capitals are worried about the trend towards a reduction in mutual trade: last year it decreased by 10% to $ 10 billion and, unfortunately, this year, against the background of some negative global macroeconomic processes, it has decreased even more. by 7% compared to the same period last year, "Ushakov stressed.

In addition, among other topics for dialogue - cooperation in the field of nuclear energy, on the Sukhoi Superjet aircraft, GLONASS. We can also talk about the Eurasian integration of India. "An agreement was reached on the formation of a joint group to study the possibilities of concluding a free trade agreement between the Customs Union and India," Ushakov added.

Military-technical cooperation will of course also be discussed. "This is one of the most important components of our bilateral strategic partnership. India for us is a reliable and trusted partner," said the Russian presidential aide.

Much attention will be paid at the upcoming talks to international problems, since Russia and India closely interact with the GXNUMX, BRICS, in the UN Security Council. Ushakov added that the leaders of the countries will discuss the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the situation in Afghanistan and Ukraine.

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