1. BRICS Summit: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Goa

BRICS Summit: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Goa

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday arrived in Goa to attend the BRICS Summit. India and Russia may sign as many as 18 agreements.

By: | Updated: October 15, 2016 11:07 AM
Putin's arrival was delayed due to poor visibility with thick fog making it difficult for his plane to land in the coastal state. Putin’s arrival was delayed due to poor visibility with thick fog making it difficult for his plane to land in the coastal state.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday arrived in Goa to attend the BRICS Summit. India and Russia may sign as many as 18 agreements. According to a TOI report, defense 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.

Putin’s arrival was delayed due to poor visibility with thick fog making it difficult for his plane to land in the coastal state. The Russian President was first scheduled to arrive at 1 AM at INS Hansa base, which is adjacent to the Dabolim Airport, but his arrival was delayed due to thick fog in the region, PTI reported.

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His flight, which was supposed to land at 3 AM, was rescheduled to 7 AM but even at that time it could not arrive. However, due to security reasons it was not stated as to where his plane has been diverted. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Goa last night and was welcomed at the INS Hansa base by Governor Mridula Sinha, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza.

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The Prime Minister was later taken to the venue hotel by road in Benaulim where he was welcomed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

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