Indian PM Modi to visit Putin in official trip

Indian PM Modi will visit Putin in official trip at invitation of Russian President

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose for photo during a meeting of leaders of BRICS prior the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Russian President Vladimir Putin in an official trip to Moscow on Wednesday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said agenda of the informal meeting that takes place at the invitation of Putin will mainly be trade-related, scientific and technical cooperation.

In an interview with TASS, a Russian news agency, Modi said Russia remains a major defence weaponry source for India and referred Putin as "a strong leader.”

"The strengths of Russia in science and technology, military technology and nuclear energy, to name a few, complement the large market of India, expanding economy, and demand of its young population," Modi said.

Two countries will construct at least 12 new nuclear reactors together by 2035.

While the bilateral trade between countries currently stands at $10 billion, Moscow and New Delhi aims to increase it by $30 billion by 2025.

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