On Wednesday, the Defence Ministries of Russia and India signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of aviation safety in New Delhi.
Major-General Alexander Berzan, the Chief of Aviation Safety in the Russian Armed Forces, signed the document from the Russian side. The agreement was signed in the presence of defence ministers of Russia and India – Sergey Shoigu and Manohar Parrikar.
The Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov explained that the agreement is based on the provisions of the declaration of strategic partnership between Russia and India signed on October 5, 2000.
He noted that this agreement defines the procedure for the mutual exchange of information on facts and causes of accidents and incidents related to the operation of the specific types of aircraft. Here the two sides also spelled out the principles of mutual assistance in the investigation of accidents and incidents, as well as monitoring compliance with safety requirements during joint bilateral exercises.
The draft agreement was first approved by the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the Russian Government.
First published in Russian by RIA Novosti.
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