Russia, India to broaden military cooperation - Ushakov

The Kremlin hopes for broadening military cooperation with India, said Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov.

President Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to India on Dec. 24.

"This is one of the most important areas of our cooperation, and it is mutually beneficial. The upcoming negotiations will contribute to the broadening, deepening and improvement of these contacts. Concrete agreements will be reached," he said.

As for claims that military-technical cooperation between Russia and India is slowing down and Moscow has lost a number of large tenders to Western companies, Ushakov said, "I'd rather not anticipate the events, but you will see results of the negotiations. The disturbing moments are slightly exaggerated."

Meanwhile, a Kremlin source said that the documents planned for signing during the upcoming visit included two contracts with Rosoboronexport with regard to the delivery of 42 Sukhoi Su-30MKI knock down kits for licensed assembling with the value of $1.6 billion and several dozens of Mil Mi-17B-15 military transport helicopters worth of over $1 billion.

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