Indian PM to visit Russia for summit

Preparations for the summit meeting later this year between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are on, with senior Indian officials due to visit Moscow to finalise the agenda for the crucial meeting.

The heads of the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence are due to visit Moscow in October, as part of the preparations for the Indo-Russian Summit. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Russia at the end of November/beginning of December, according to a diplomatic source.

“The visits to Russia of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers of India, Sushma Swaraj and Manohar Parikkar, have been scheduled for October. The ministers will be taking part in the meetings of the intergovernmental commissions that are working on preparations for the Indo-Russian Summit,” the source told RIA Novosti.

According to the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, in 2013, Russia supplied $4.78 billion worth of arms and military equipment to India. In 2014, Russia’s deliveries of arms and military equipment to India amounted to $4.7 billion.

India is interested in underwater military and diving equipment produced in Russia, according to reports which surfaced on August 12. Additionally, Russian arms manufacturers, together with their Indian colleagues, are currently developing a new fifth generation fighter jet (FGFA).

However, according to the magazine Defence World, India may simply buy the Sukhoi PAK FA, instead of working on building a new fighter jet with Russia.

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