Rusko a India zvyšujú intenzitu vzájomnej spolupráce v oblasti energie a obrany

Vďaka prílevu petrodolárov prezident V. Putin dostáva krajinu ako vplyvného ekonomického hráča späť do globálnej špičky.

Crucial military deals were likely to be signed on meeting held on January 2007.

India and Russia will enhance their civil nuclear cooperation, sign crucial pacts in strategic areas of defence and space and impart a new vitality to their lukewarm trade ties during Russian President Valdimir Putin's two-day visit to India that began on Thursday Jan 25.

Putin, who has put Russia back into the reckoning as a major economic player riding on the crest of a booming oil economy, will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations - an honour that will signal an affirmation of close and time-tested ties between the two countries.

A clutch of agreements on setting up a joint venture in the energy sector, the purchase of a new generation MiG aircraft, the joint production of a multi-role transport aircraft - and close cooperation in civilian space sector, including joint launch of satellites, and establishing a centre for technology transfer are expected to be signed during Putin's visit. Eight-10 agreements were expected to be signed, official sources said.

The two sides also discussed ways and means to more than triple bilateral trade to $10 billion by 2010. A relaxation of the visa regime were discussed to facilitate the easier movement of businessmen between the two sides.

Manmohan Singh and Putin, who was accompanied by a large business delegation, held talks to reinvigorate multi-faceted ties in areas ranging from business, defence and energy to space and civil nuclear cooperation.

Accelerating bilateral cooperation in hydrocarbon sector got high priority. India has invested $2 billion in Sakhalin-I oil block in Russia where ONGC Videsh, the overseas arm of the national oil major, holds a 20 percent stake. India received the first shipment of oil from the Sakhalin-I in December. The two countries are also planning to develop oil reserves in the Bay of Bengal.

The two sides will step up discussions on the purchase of a fifth generation fighter aircraft that could be a competitor to the F-35 being developed jointly by the US, Britain and other countries.

Source: RxPG


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