India and Russia may sign as many as 18 agreements in the 17th India-Russia annual summit meet in Goa on Saturday. According to a TOI report, defence and nuclear cooperation will be among the highlights of their engagement and Putin may inaugurate the third and fourth units of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s aide, was quoted as saying by news agencies in Moscow that cooperation in nuclear energy will be one of the central themes of the engagement.
In an interview to a news agency, Putin said “Our countries actively collaborate in the military technical field,” as he described India as Russia’s especially privileged strategic partner. Talking about nuclear cooperation, Putin said the energy sphere played an important role in Russian-Indian trade and economic cooperation and that Kudankulam is a major long-term nu clear power plant project. “In August 2016, Prime Minister Modi and I attended the ceremony where the NPP’s first power unit was transferred to India. The second unit will be put into operation in the near future.When they reach full capacity, the two units will substantially increase India’s energy supply and strengthen its energy security ,” said the Russian president.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended a warm welcome to all nations participating in the event and said that India looks forward to finding common resolve and solutions. Taking to Facebook to post a welcome message for the arriving delegations, the Prime Minister said that he is honoured to receive Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Michel Temer of Brazil for a bilateral visit.
“President Putin’s visit will give us an opportunity to consolidate and reaffirm a unique time-tested friendship and partnership with Russia. President Temer’s visit will open up new areas for cooperation with Brazil, an important strategic partner,” he said.