Russian Defence Minister arrives in India on official visit

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday arrived on a visit to India, where he will meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi and his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday arrived on a visit to India, where he will meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi and his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar.

Apart from that, Shoigu will attend a session of the Russian-Indian Intergovernmental Commission on Military and Technical Cooperation and will visit the Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace Limited that makes supersonic cruise missiles.

No official information about topics of Shoigu’s bilateral meetings is available but sources in the Indian defence ministry told TASS that the Russian minister was to discuss the implementation of the joint project of a fifth generation fighter jet - FGFA. In 2014, the project came under criticism from the Indian air force command who said that Russia was unlikely to be able to fulfill all of its liabilities under the project. Future military technical cooperation between India and Russia would depend on this project, the sources said.

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